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

On 3 March 2016, the Senate referred the provision of the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016 [Provisions] to the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report.

The bill proposes to amend media control and ownership rules in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and would establish new local television programming obligations for regional commercial broadcasters.

The closing date for submissions is 21 March 2016. The reporting date is 12 May 2016.

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

29 Apr 2016: Melbourne
31 Mar 2016: Canberra


Inquiry Status

Report tabled


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