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Media Release


Commercial radio industry welcomes licence fee cut

Commercial radio broadcasters have welcomed the passing in Parliament yesterday of the 25 percent reduction in licence fees for commercial radio licence holders.
Joan Warner, chief executive officer of industry body Commercial Radio Australia said: “The licence fee reduction is a welcome relief and the industry looks forward to continuing to work with the Communications Minister on further cuts in 2016/2017 as foreshadowed in his budget statement.”   
The licence fee reduction is applicable for the 2015-16 licence period and was announced by the
Communications Minister, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield in May. 
Ms Warner said the fee reduction recognised the increased competition from global players who are largely unregulated and do not have the costs, obligations and restrictions carried by Australian radio broadcasters.
At the National Radio Conference in October, Minister Fifiield said the fee reduction decision recognises the fact that the media landscape for radio has changed dramatically since the licence fees were first introduced in the mid-1950s and the digital environment is placing increasing financial pressure on commercial broadcasters whose main competitors pay no licence fees.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Annual Report shows commercial radio stations paid a total of $24.83 million in broadcasting licence fees in December 2014 for the 2013-14 period.
Media contact: Melissa Fleming – 0417 499 529 


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