Brisbane Youth Community Radio Licensee Breaches Broadcasting Conditions

Brisbane, QLD, Australia ( April 16, 2011

Brisbane Youth Community Radio Licensee Breaches Broadcasting Conditions

Brisbane Youth Community Radio Licensee Breaches Broadcasting Conditions

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has found that the licensee of community radio station 4BI Brisbane breached the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the BSA) by not continuing to represent the youth community interest it was licensed to represent.

The breach follows an investigation of a complaint that 4BI (Brisbane Interactive Radio Group Inc), was providing programming not relevant to the youth community in the Brisbane RA1 licence area. The programs of concern were predominately sourced from overseas.

The ACMA’s investigation found that 4BI does not have adequate mechanisms and procedures in place to monitor the needs of Brisbane’s youth.

Community broadcasting licensees are required to comply with licence conditions. These include a condition that a licensee continues to represent the community interest that it represented at the time its licence was allocated or last renewed.

This licence condition provides for community broadcasting services to evolve with the communities they are licensed to serve.

In response to the ACMA’s finding, the licensee has committed to implement an assessment of the needs of the youth community in its licence area and to introduce new programs as a result of that assessment.

The ACMA has accepted these measures as a way of addressing the compliance issues raised by the investigation. The licensee is required to report on its progress to the ACMA, which will continue to monitor the licensee’s performance.

A copy of the investigation report 2334 and more information about community broadcasting is available on the ACMA website.

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