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Commercial radio welcomes interim licence fee relief


Commercial radio broadcasters have welcomed the interim licence fee relief provided by the Turnbull Government. 
 
This temporary relief will result in around $20 million in cost savings for the 2016- 2017 financial year to commercial radio broadcasters providing live and local radio around the country. 
 
Joan Warner, the chief executive officer of industry body Commercial Radio Australia said:
“We welcome the removal of broadcast licence fees for the 2016-2017 financial year.  It will allow radio to invest more in Australian jobs and content.  However, we continue to call on the Parliament to support the total media reform package which provides much needed long-term relief for local Australian radio.”
 
Broadcasters will now need to wait another 40 days until Parliament returns to consider the media reform legislation to allow permanent financial relief for the industry. 
 
Media contact: Melissa Fleming 0417 499 529 & Judy Shaw – 0418 415 965

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