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Section 38B register

Section 38B of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 - Allocation of additional commercial television licences in two station markets

The Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the Act) provides for the allocation of an additional commercial television broadcasting licence to licensees in markets where there are two commercial television licences in force.

The ACMA must not allocate a licence under section 38B to an applicant if the applicant is not a company formed in Australia with a share capital or if the ACMA decides that the applicant is not a suitable applicant in the terms set out in section 41(2) of the Act.

If there is more than one existing licensee in a licence area, they may either apply for a licence as a joint venture company or apply separately.

The licensee may only provide the commercial television service in digital mode.

If the licence area is wholly outside a remote licence area, the licensee must commence the service at a time notified in writing by the ACMA or on 1 January 2004, whichever is the earliest.

If the licence area is within a remote licence area, the licensee must commence the service within 1 year of being allocated the licence, or within such longer period as is notified the in writing by the ACMA.

Both the additional and the parent services must continue to provide at least one service under the licence for a minimum period of two years after the service provided under the licence commences.

Register of commercial television broadcasting licences granted under Section 38B of the Act (as at 28 June 2011)

Section 75(1) of the Act requires the ACMA to maintain a register of licences granted under section 38B of the Act.

The ACMA must make the Register available for public inspection.

Licence identifier


Area served



WIN Television Griffith P/L

Griffith and MIA TV1

14 Jun 2011


WIN Television SA P/L

Riverland TV1

1 Dec 2010


WIN Television SA P/L

Mount Gambier South East TV1

1 Dec 2010


Broken Hill Television Pty Limited

Broken Hill TV1

14 Oct 2010


Spencer Gulf Telecasters Pty Limited

Spencer Gulf TV1

14 Oct 2010


Central Digital Television Pty Ltd

Mt Isa TV1

4 May 2010


Central Digital Television Pty Ltd

Remote Central & Eastern Australia TV2

4 May 2010


West Digital Television No. 4 Pty Ltd

Western Zone TV1

11 Jun 2009


West Digital Television No. 3 Pty Ltd

Kalgoorlie TV1

11 Jun 2009


West Digital Television No. 2 Pty Ltd

Geraldton TV1

11 Jun 2009


West Digital Television Pty Ltd

Southwest and Great Southern TV1

11 Jun 2009


Darwin Digital Television Pty Ltd


10 May 2007


Mildura Digital Television Pty Ltd


27 Jan 2005


Tasmanian Digital Television Pty Ltd


21 Nov 2002

Last updated: 27 August 2015