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Australia – ACMA Registers New Codes Of Practice For Pay-TV And Radio.

25 November, 2013

 

Legal News & Analysis – Asia Pacific – Australia – TMT

 

A number of new industry codes developed by the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA), have been registered by the ACMA.


The new ASTRA codes are:

 

  • Subscription narrowcast radio codes of practice 2013;
  • Subscription broadcast television codes of practice 2013; and
  • Subscription narrowcast television codes of practice 2013.

The ASTRA codes of practice regulate advertising, program content, classification, privacy and include complaints procedures for consumers.


The new ASTRA codes are a product of ASTRA’s review of the pre-existing 2007 codes of practice for subscription narrowcast radio and subscription broadcast and narrowcast television. ASTRA sought submissions from industry organisations and the public. In response to the review process, the new ASTRA codes incorporate extended classification obligations in relation to reality television and documentary programming, and introduce simplified complaints mechanisms.


It is a licence condition for radio and television broadcasters that they develop codes of practice. Section 123 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth) enables industry groups to develop codes of practice in consultation with the ACMA. Codes of practice are enforced by the ACMA who monitors compliance and handles any complaints made under them.

 

  • View the ASTRA codes here.

 

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For further information, please contact:

 

Gordon Hughes, Partner, Ashurst
gordon.hughes@ashurst.com

 

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