The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has launched an inquiry into local content on regional commercial television in Australia and the operational effectiveness of section 43A of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992.
Section 43A applies to regional commercial television broadcasters in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and parts of New South Wales. Regional commercial television operators are required to broadcast minimum amounts of material of local significance.
The investigation follows a ministerial direction and will determine if regional Australians have adequate access to material of local significance on commercial television. ACMA will survey regional Australians, consult regional television broadcasters and undertake economic analysis as part of its investigation. Submissions are being sought from the public, with both individuals and organisations encouraged to comment on a range of issues, including the importance of local information in regional Australia.Submissions can be made by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org Or by post to: Manager Television Local Content Investigation Content Monitoring and Review Section Australian Communications and Media Authority PO Box Q500 Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
The closing date for submissions is Tuesday 20 August 2013.
The ACMA consultation paper on the investigation can be accessed by clicking on the link below.