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The vast majority of Australians can listen to radio programs from the national broadcasters—the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).
Commercial radio is a free-to-air service. Commercial radio programs must comply with conditions in the station’s licence, ACMA program standards, and industry codes of practice.
There are more than 400 licensed community radio stations in Australia. They operate under community radio licences, following the rules in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992.
Digital radio services have commenced in some parts of Australia, where they operate alongside existing analogue AM and FM radio services. While digital radio technology offers higher audio quality...
The Department completed two statutory reviews into digital radio services in Australia in July 2015. As part of the review process, the Department released a digital radio discussion paper in December 2013. The consultation period for this paper has now ended.
Current regulation requires that a merit-based selection process is used to appoint non-executive directors to the boards of the ABC and SBS, including their Chairs.
The Government has released its digital radio review report.
Despite the rise of television, the internet and online streaming, radio continues to be one of the main ways we consume media.
The Government is undertaking a review of Australian media services in the Asia-Pacific.
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