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

5 May 2016

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
ISBN 978-1-76010-446-7

View the report as a single document - (PDF 463KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Committee membership (PDF 22KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 32KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 9KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 24KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Reports of other committees
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - Overview of the current framework and the changes proposed in the bill (PDF 136KB)

Schedules 1 and 2: Proposed changes to media ownership and control laws
Schedule 3: Local programming requirements

Chapter 3 - Key issues (PDF 210KB)

The case for reform and the overall approach taken
Stakeholder views on the proposed abolition of the 75 per cent audience reach rule and the 2 out of 3 cross-media control rule
Stakeholder views on local programming requirements
Committee view

Labor Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 10KB)
Australian Greens' Dissenting Report (PDF 10KB)
Additional comments by Senator Bridget McKenzie (PDF 20KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions, tabled documents and answers to questions on notice (PDF 9KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings (PDF 14KB)

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