The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) released their Draft Application Form for Renewal of Community Radio Broadcasting Licence (B66) for industry comment.
As you may be aware, the ACMA has been working on revising the application form for the renewal of a community radio broadcasting licence (ACMA Form B66).
Since the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the BSA) was amended in December 2002 to enable the ACMA to take into account the same matters that it considers when allocating a new community broadcasting licence (section 84(2) of the BSA), all community radio broadcasting licensees have applied for and their applications considered against those matters.
They have received feedback from many licensees and consider it timely to revise the form before the next round of licence renewals. You will note that they have streamlined the form so that:
- It more closely aligns with the matters at section 84(2) of the BSA; and
- It more closely aligns with the application form for a community radio broadcasting licence (B32), as it is assessed against the same matters when allocating a new community radio broadcasting licence. Attached is a copy of the current B32 for comparison (minor amendments are being made to this form, based on feedback from applicants during allocations in 2009-2010).
They expect to discuss have the form finalised in time for licensees to use from January 2011.
To enable them to achieve this timeframe, they would appreciate if comments on the draft revised renewal form can reach the ACMA no later than 5.00 pm Monday 29 November 2010. Comments marked ‘licence renewal application form B66’ are to be sent to:
Fax: 02 9334 7799 [marked ‘Attention: Community Allocations and Information Section’]
Community Allocations and Information Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box Q500
Queen Victoria Building
Sydney NSW 1230
All members of the SCMA are encouraged to read through this draft and make either individual submissions to the ACMA or forward their thoughts to the SCMA to be added to the associations submission.
Comments to email@example.com
You can download a copy of the Draft form below.