Second Reading Speeches

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017

Type
Government
Portfolio
Communications and the Arts
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Parliament no
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Summary

Introduced with the Commercial Broadcasting (Tax) Bill 2017, the bill amends: the

Broadcasting Services Act 1992
to: abolish the ‘75% audience reach rule’, which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the Australian population; abolish the ‘2 out of 3 cross-media control rule’, which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees; and require the Australian Communications and Media Authority to undertake a review by 1 July 2021; the
Broadcasting Services Act 1992
and Broadcasting Services (Events) Notice (No. 1) 2010 to amend measures relating to the anti-siphoning scheme and the anti-siphoning notice, including extending the automatic delisting period and removing the multi-channelling rule; and five Acts to provide for collection and assessment arrangements for the new transmitter licence tax. Also establishes a transitional support payment scheme for certain commercial broadcasters; and repeals the Broadcasting Services (Datacasting Charge) Regulations 2001,
Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Act 1998
,
Datacasting Transmitter Licence Fees Act 2006
,
Radio Licence Fees Act 1964
and
Television Licence Fees Act 1964
to abolish broadcasting licence fees, datacasting charges and apparatus licence fees paid by commercial broadcasters.