Australian Government response to the Joint Select Committee on Broadcasting Legislation report: Three broadcasting reform proposals

On 13 and 14 March 2013, the House and Senate respectively established the Committee to inquire into and report on three potential areas for further reform of Australia’s broadcasting legislation, with particular reference to:

  1. the abolition of the 75 per cent rule, particularly in relation to regional and local news;
  2. whether the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) should be required to examine program supply agreements for news and current affairs when determining whether a person is in control of a commercial television broadcasting service; and
  3. on-air reporting of ACMA findings regarding Broadcasting regulation breaches.