Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016 [Provisions]

7 November 2016

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
ISBN 978-1-76010-459-7

View the report as a single document - (PDF 339KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Committee membership (PDF 12KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 50KB)

Overview of the bill
Inquiry conducted during the 44th Parliament
Conduct of this inquiry
Scope and structure of this report
Background information on media ownership and control regulation

Chapter 2 - Key issues (PDF 136KB)

Developments in the media sector and calls for reform of the ownership and control framework
Schedules 1 and 2: Proposed repeal of two media ownership and control rules
Schedule 3: Local programming requirements
Committee view

Labor Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 103KB)

Diversity of ownership and control still matters
Australia needs a competitive media sector
Australia's media ownership is heavily concentrated
Traditional media still dominates
Diversity potential of new media is yet to be realised
Digital divide undermines diversity in regional areas
Removal of the 2 out of 3 rule not justified

Australian Greens' Dissenting Report (PDF 13KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions and additional information received by the committee (PDF 9KB)
Appendix 2­ - Public hearing (PDF 9KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526

About this inquiry

The bill proposes to amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to repeal the ’75 per cent audience reach rule’ and the ‘2 out of 3 rule cross-media control rule’. The bill would also amend and introduce some additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees, where, as a result of a change in control, their licences become part of a group of commercial television licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the Australian population.

Past Public Hearings

24 Oct 2016: Sydney