Commercial Radio Australia has welcomed the registration of the new Commercial Radio Industry Code of Practice by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
Developed by the industry in consultation with ACMA, the code regulates the content of commercial radio and aims to ensure broadcasts meet community standards and attitudes while protecting the right of freedom of speech.
CRA Chief Executive Officer, Joan Warner, said the new code had been developed following an extensive review and consultation process and would come into force on the 15th of March, 2017.
“The code has been updated to reflect changes in the modern media environment and to provide clear guidance to radio stations and listeners on what is required in each of the areas covered by the code. These include taste and decency, accuracy and impartiality in news, broadcast of Australian music, procedures for complaints handling and the broadcast of information in times of emergency,” Ms Warner said.
“We have streamlined the code to remove duplication and where possible, we have made it consistent with comparable industries such as television. Radio remains one of the most highly regulated forms of media in Australia,” she added.
The updated code contains no change to the amount of advertising on commercial radio and retains the high levels of community safeguards in relation to the protection of children, privacy and the broadcast of offensive content.
CRA has also published a new guideline on the responsible reporting of domestic violence, based on guidelines developed by Our Watch, the national organisation leading Australia’s work in preventing domestic violence.
The Commercial Radio Code of Practice and Commercial Radio Guidelines are available on the CRA website.