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Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Ownership) Bill 2002

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2002-2003

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

 

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Ownership) Bill 2002

 

(1)     Schedule 2, item 4, page 11 (after line 7), after section 61B, insert:

61BA  Extended meaning of unacceptable 3-way control situation

             (1)  The definition of unacceptable 3-way control situation in section 61B has effect, in relation to a regional licence area, as if:

                     (a)  each reference in the following provisions (the modified provisions ) to a newspaper included a reference to a local paper:

                              (i)  that definition;

                             (ii)  the definition of associate in subsection 6(1);

                            (iii)  section 7;

                            (iv)  section 60;

                             (v)  section 61;

                            (vi)  the definition of set of media operations in section 61B;

                           (vii)  Schedule 1; and

                     (b)  for the purposes of the modified provisions and paragraph (c), a local paper were associated with the licence area of a commercial television broadcasting licence or a commercial radio broadcasting licence if, and only if, at least 50% of the circulation of the local paper is within the licence area of the licence; and

                     (c)  for the purposes of the modified provisions, if a person is (apart from this paragraph) in a position to exercise control of a local paper (the first local paper ) associated with the licence area of a commercial television broadcasting licence or a commercial radio broadcasting licence—the first local paper were ignored unless:

                              (i)  the circulation of the first local paper within that licence area is at least 25% of the licence area population; or

                             (ii)  the person is (apart from this paragraph) in a position to exercise control of one or more other local papers associated with the licence area of the licence, and the combined circulation of the first local paper and those other local papers within that licence area is at least 25% of the licence area population.

Definition

             (2)  In this section:

local paper means a newspaper (within the ordinary meaning of that expression) that:

                     (a)  is in the English language; and

                     (b)  is published at least once a week; and

                     (c)  is not entered in the Associated Newspaper Register;

but does not include a publication if less than 50% of its circulation is by way of sale.

[local papers]