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Commercial radio welcomes changes to media laws


The commercial radio industry today welcomed the successful passage of the broadcast reform bill through the Senate.
 
“This is a positive outcome that will bring Australia’s media laws into the digital age and help ensure local media has a chance to compete, evolve and grow,” said Commercial Radio Australia chief executive officer Joan Warner. 
 
“Radio broadcasters can now move ahead with much greater certainty and ability to invest in local content and innovation across areas such as digital radio, streaming and podcasting without the burden of broadcast licence fees. We look forward to continuing to produce and promote the millions of hours of Australian content provided by Australian commercial radio each year.”
 
A panel of media industry chief executives will provide perspectives and commentary on the implications of media reform and the new media landscape as part of commercial radio’s Radio Alive 2017 national media conference to be held in Melbourne on 13 October.
 
The panel will be moderated by Daily Telegraph columnist Miranda Devine and will feature Hugh Marks, CEO of Nine Entertainment, Michael Miller, executive chair of News Corp Australasia, Grant Blackley, CEO of Southern Cross Austereo and Patrick Delany, CEO of Fox Sports.
 
Communications Minister, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, will also speak at Radio Alive 2017 on a Q&A panel session alongside ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie, Shadow Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland MP and 3AW drive host Tom Elliott, to be hosted by ABC presenter Virginia Trioli.
 
Radio Alive 2017 will be held on Friday, October 13 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, followed by the Australian Commercial Radio Awards on Saturday, October 14.  Visit www.commercialradio.com.au for more information.
Media contact: Melissa Fleming – 0417 499 529 or Judy Shaw – 0418 415 965

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