Radio stations by network, controller and licensee PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 October 2012 08:56

Lynn Gailey, August 2012

The paper shows all Australian commercial radio stations and their affiliations to networks, their controllers and licensees.

It also shows their compliance for the year 2010-2011 with the requirements of Code 4, the Australian music content requirements (AC). The columns are for the broadcasting format (music genres), the code letter for the format (A to E), the percentage content required under that code (A = 25%, then down by 5% decrements), the performance against the code requirement, and the ‘new music’ performance. Under the latter, for stations operating under Code A, 25% Australian content, the new music requirement is that 25% of 25% = 6.25% must be ‘new’ tracks first released in the previous 12 months. For Code B stations, 20% of 20% must be new music, and for Code C, 15% of 15%.

This paper provides basic information about the Australian commercial radio sector. It is intended to serve as the basis for an analysis of a recommendation by the Commonwealth government’s Convergence Review for the creation of a regulatory category called Content Service Enterprises (CSEs). These are entities, probably providing services from multiple platforms – television and/or radio and/or online, on a scale that gives them great influence. CSEs will be subject to Australian content requirements.

Entities that are not large enough to wield such influence will not be categorised as CSEs and therefore will escape Australian content requirements. The Music Council fears that important radio stations or networks that are not part of multi-platform providers, especially those based on audio-visual services, will not be of sufficient scale to be categorised as CSEs, will escape local content requirements, and that therefore their support for Australian music will greatly diminish.

The Music Council conjectures that for the Convergence Review Committee, audio-visual had by far the highest priority and that it failed to reach a sufficient understanding of the situation of Australian music on radio. Despite its strong concern for maintaining Australian content levels, it therefore may not have understood the potential negative impact of the CSE concept on accessibility to Australian music on radio.

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