Regional television local content changes
On 16 October 2017, the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Act 2017 introduced a new regulatory framework for the provision of local content by regional commercial television licensees.
These new local content rules do not come into effect until 17 April 2018. The existing rules relating to local content contained in the Broadcasting Service Act 1992 and the Broadcasting Services (Additional Television Licence Condition) Notice 2014 will continue until then.
From 17 April 2018, when a trigger event occurs for a licence, the new local content obligations for commercial television licensees will:
- increase from 720 to 900 points of material of local significance over a six-week period for licensees in regional ‘aggregated’ licence areas.
- require licensees in regional ‘non-aggregated’ commercial television broadcasting licence areas (not currently covered by local content rules) to provide 600 points of material of local significance over a six-week period.
A trigger event occurs when a regional commercial television licensee becomes part of a group of television licences with a common controller that covers more than 75 per cent of Australia’s population. If there has been no trigger event for a licence, the existing local content obligations that apply only to licences in ‘aggregated’ licence areas are substantively maintained by the new rules—‘aggregated’ regional commercial television licences remain obliged to accrue 720 points over a six-week period.
Last updated: 07 December 2017