Second Reading Speeches

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Improved Access to Television Services) Bill 2012

Type
Government
Portfolio
Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Parliament no
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Summary

Amends the

Broadcasting Services Act 1992
in relation to the provision of captioning services by commercial, national and subscription television broadcasters by: introducing and increasing captioning targets; requiring the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to develop a captioning standard to determine the quality of captioning services; requiring broadcasters to transmit emergency warnings in the form of text and speech, and captioned where possible; introducing compliance reporting and record keeping requirements; providing for a statutory review by the ACMA; and making compliance with the captioning requirements a licensing condition.