The Commercial radio industry is subject to multi-tiered regulation.
All commercial radio stations operate under the authority of licences issued by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (“ACMA”). Ownership and use of those licences is also subject to a number of different legislative instruments as well as the general law.
A tiered approach is used to regulate commercial radio programs. Part of this regulation is in the form of licence conditions found in the principal legislation - the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (“BSA”).
Under a co-regulatory scheme established under the BSA, the Commercial radio industry and the ACMA has also developed the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice (“Codes”) which are registered with the ACMA and address areas that are not covered by Licence Conditions.
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