Stations fail local content rules

THE Australian Communications and Media Authority has issued remedial directions to the licensees of commercial radio station 2HC Coffs Harbour, 2EL Orange and 2PM Kempsey – all licensees of the Super Radio Network.

ACMA found each had breached a condition of their licences by failing to broadcast three hours of local content on September 8, 2009.

Having regard to the seriousness of the breaches, ACMA has directed each licensee to report to the authority on a periodic basis as to how it is now meeting its local content requirements and to implement a rigorous training program to ensure that all staff are aware of and know how to deliver on their licence obligations.

“These remedial directions will address the issues raised by the investigations and are designed to better ensure future compliance by the licensees,” said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman.

All regional commercial radio licensees are subject to a licence condition that requires them to broadcast a minimum amount of local content, in these cases, three hours, on each business day.

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