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b03qs205.PAM

 

2002-2003

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Ownership) Bill 2002

 

 

(1)     Schedule 2, page 5 (after line 8), after item 1, insert:

1AA  After section 43

Insert:

43A   Material of local significance—regional aggregated commercial television broadcasting licences

             (1)  For the purposes of this section:

                     (a)  a regional aggregated commercial television broadcasting licence is a commercial television broadcasting licence for a licence area set out in the table; and

                     (b)  the applicable date for such a licence is the date set out in the table opposite the licence area of the licence:

 

Licence area and applicable date

Item

Licence area

Applicable date

1

Northern New South Wales

1 August 2003

2

Southern New South Wales

1 August 2003

3

Regional Victoria

1 August 2003

4

Eastern Victoria

1 August 2003

5

Western Victoria

1 August 2003

6

Regional Queensland

1 August 2003

7

Tasmania

1 July 2004

 

             (2)  The ABA must ensure that, at all times on and after the applicable date for a regional aggregated commercial television broadcasting licence, there is in force under section 43 a condition that has the effect of requiring the licensee to broadcast to each local area, during such periods as are specified in the condition, at least a minimum level of material of local significance.

             (3)  The condition must define local area and material of local significance for the purposes of the condition. The definition of material of local significance must be broad enough to cover news that relates directly to the local area concerned.

             (4)  To avoid doubt, this section does not:

                     (a)  prevent the condition from setting out different requirements for different types of material; or

                     (b)  prevent the condition from specifying periods that recur (for example, the hours between 7 am and 10 am Monday to Friday); or

                     (c)  prevent the condition from setting out different requirements for different periods; or

                     (d)  create any obligations under subsection 43(2) that would not exist apart from this section.

             (5)  Subsection 43(5) does not apply to the condition.

             (6)  This section does not, by implication, limit the powers conferred on the ABA by section 43 to impose, vary or revoke other conditions.

[material of local significance]

(2)     Schedule 2, item 4, page 9 (line 12), omit “has a regional licence area”, substitute “is a regional commercial radio broadcasting licence”.

[material of local significance]

(3)     Schedule 2, item 4, page 11 (line 2), omit “licence; or”, substitute “licence.”.

[set of media operations]

(4)     Schedule 2, item 4, page 11 (lines 3 to 6), omit paragraph (d).

[set of media operations]

(5)     Schedule 2, item 4, page 11 (before line 7), before the definition of week , insert:

unacceptable 3-way control situation , in relation to a person, means the situation in which the person would, apart from this Division, breach each of the following prohibitions:

                     (a)  a prohibition in section 60 or 61 that relates directly or indirectly to a set of media operations that consists of:

                              (i)  a commercial television broadcasting licence; and

                             (ii)  a commercial radio broadcasting licence;

                            that have the same licence area;

                     (b)  a prohibition in section 60 or 61 that relates directly or indirectly to a set of media operations that consists of:

                              (i)  a commercial television broadcasting licence; and

                             (ii)  a newspaper that is associated with the licence area of the licence;

                            where the licence and the commercial radio broadcasting licence mentioned in paragraph (a) have the same licence area;

                     (c)  a prohibition in section 60 or 61 that relates directly or indirectly to a set of media operations that consists of:

                              (i)  a commercial radio broadcasting licence; and

                             (ii)  a newspaper that is associated with the licence area of the licence;

                            where the licence and the commercial television broadcasting licence mentioned in paragraph (a) have the same licence area.

[set of media operations]

(6)     Schedule 2, item 4, page 11 (lines 12 to 15), omit paragraph (a), substitute:

                     (a)  a cross-media exemption certificate is in force in relation to the set of media operations; and

[set of media operations]

(7)     Schedule 2, item 4, page 11 (line 24), omit “the company.”, substitute “the company; and”.

[set of media operations]

(8)     Schedule 2, item 4, page 11 (after line 24), at the end of section 61C, add:

                     (d)  an unacceptable 3-way control situation does not exist in relation to the person in connection with any licence or newspaper included in the set of media operations.

[set of media operations]

(9)     Schedule 2, item 4, page 13 (line 4), omit “vexatious.”, substitute “vexatious; and”.

[set of media operations]

(10)   Schedule 2, item 4, page 13 (after line 4), at the end of subsection 61E(1) (before the note), add:

                     (c)  the ABA is satisfied that, if the certificate were to be issued, paragraph 61C(d) would not stop the certificate from becoming active.

[set of media operations]

(11)   Schedule 2, item 4, page 28 (line 14), at the end of the heading to Subdivision C, add “ for commercial radio broadcasting licensees ”.

[material of local significance]

(12)   Schedule 2, item 4, page 28 (lines 16 and 17), omit “commercial television broadcasting licence, or a commercial radio broadcasting licence,”, substitute “commercial radio broadcasting licence”.

[material of local significance]

(13)   Schedule 2, item 4, page 28 (lines 21 and 22), omit “commercial television broadcasting licensee or a”.

[material of local significance]

(14)   Schedule 2, item 4, page 29 (lines 9 and 10), omit “commercial television broadcasting licensee or a”.

[material of local significance]

(15)   Schedule 2, item 4, page 29 (lines 16 and 17), omit “commercial television broadcasting licensee or a”.

[material of local significance]

(16)   Schedule 2, item 4, page 30 (line 11), omit “commercial television broadcasting licence or a”.

[material of local significance]

(17)   Schedule 2, item 4, page 30 (lines 25 and 26), omit “commercial television broadcasting licence or a”.

[material of local significance]

(18)   Schedule 2, item 4, page 32 (line 17), omit “commercial television broadcasting licence or a”.

[material of local significance]

(19)   Schedule 2, item 4, page 34 (line 5), omit “commercial television broadcasting licence or a”.

[material of local significance]

(20)   Schedule 2, item 4, page 35 (line 16), omit “commercial television broadcasting licence or a”.

[material of local significance]

(21)   Schedule 2, page 36 (after line 13), after item 5, insert:

5A  At the end of paragraph 67(4)(c)

Add “and”.

5B  After paragraph 67(4)(c)

Insert:

                     (d)  the breach would not result from the person or another person becoming the successful applicant for the allocation of a commercial radio broadcasting licence;

5C  Subsection 67(4)

After “the applicant”, insert “for approval”.

5D  After subsection 67(5)

Insert:

          (5A)  In deciding the duration of the period to be specified in the notice, the ABA:

                     (a)  must have regard to the minimum period within which the person could take action (other than surrendering a licence or causing a licence to be surrendered) to ensure that the breach of the relevant provision ceases; and

                     (b)  must not have regard to any other matters.

5E  Subsection 67(7)

Omit “2 years”, substitute “one year”.

5F  Application of amendments—section 67 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

(1)       Paragraph 67(4)(d) and subsection 67(5A) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 apply in relation to applications made under subsection 67(1) of that Act after the commencement of this item.

(2)       The amendment of subsection 67(7) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 made by this Schedule applies if the 45-day period referred to in that subsection ends after the commencement of this item.

[approval of temporary breaches]

(22)   Schedule 2, page 36 (before line 14), before item 6, insert:

5G  At the end of Part 5

Add:

78A   Review of this Part

             (1)  Before 31 December 2006, the Minister must cause to be conducted a review of this Part.

             (2)  The Minister must cause a report to be prepared of the review under subsection (1).

             (3)  The Minister must cause copies of the report to be tabled before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the completion of the preparation of the report.

[review of Part 5]

(23)   Schedule 2, item 7, page 36 (line 19), omit “or (e)”.

[material of local significance]

(24)   Schedule 2, item 8, page 36 (line 28), omit “or (e)”.

[material of local significance]

(25)   Schedule 2, item 12, page 38 (line 4), omit “section 61PA;”, substitute “section 61PA.”.

[material of local significance]

(26)   Schedule 2, item 12, page 38 (lines 5 and 6), omit paragraph (q).

[material of local significance]

(27)   Schedule 2, item 13, page 38 (line 10), omit “section 61P;”, substitute “section 61P.”.

[material of local significance]

(28)   Schedule 2, item 13, page 38 (lines 11 and 12), omit paragraph (e).

[material of local significance]