Australia - Free-to-Air TV - Regulatory - Control Overview and Analysis


This report has been archived and has not been updated. Mass media has become the greatest form of mass communication, and in many ways the TV is the key conduit for reaching the masses. The potential to influence people’s views and opinions is great, and accordingly there are a raft of laws regulating to what is in fact broadcast in Australia, and who is in control of those broadcasts. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), previously known as the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) is the chief government body responsible for licensing broadcasters and regulating broadcasting content. This report looks at the main regulatory requirements and operations regarding control of broadcasting activities.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Licensing
    • 2.1 Spectrum planning and licensing
    • 2.2 Categories of services
    • 2.3 Allocation system
      • 2.3.1 Update of television broadcasting licence allocation rules
    • 2.4 Ownership and control of licences
      • 2.4.1 Licensing control
      • 2.4.2 Cross-media ownership rules
      • 2.4.3 Licence area and audience reach rules
      • 2.4.4 Foreign ownership rules
      • 2.4.5 Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)
  • 3. Media reform
  • 4. Related reports
  • Exhibit 1 – Commercial television licenses
  • Exhibit 2 – Broadcasting licences categories
  • Exhibit 3 – Digital media reform – current rules and key proposed changes

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Number of pages 6

Status Archived

Last updated 12 Feb 2007
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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