Australian Broadcasting Authority

The Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) was an Australian government agency whose main roles were to regulate broadcasting, radiocommunications and telecommunications.

The Australian Broadcasting Authority took over the functions of the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal and the National Transmission Authority.

The Australian Broadcasting Tribunal took over the functions of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board in the 1970s. The engineering function in some cases was handled by the National Transmission Authority when the Post Office ceased being responsible for telecommunications.

On 1 July 2005, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) brought together the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) and the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) .

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Melbourne Gospel Radio Inc., broadcasting as 3MGR, was an aspirant community radio station in Melbourne, Victoria.

The group was one of over ten community not for profit radio groups vying for a Melbourne-wide community radio licence from the Australian Broadcasting Authority in 2000. It was announced in 2001 that the station was unsuccessful in obtaining a licence, and that "the needs of the Christian community identified by MGR could be accommodated by Triple Seven", now 89.9 LightFM. The authority found the association's small member base would not adequately "reflect the interests of its entire community", despite a large subscriber base.As of 2015, the station is still seeking a full-time licence.

AMN (TV station)

AMN is a television station licensed to serve Griffith and the surrounding Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (M.I.A.). The station is owned and operated by WIN Corporation as a Network Ten affiliate, WIN Television.

WIN Television is the sole commercial television broadcaster in the Griffith and M.I.A. area, also providing MTN, a Seven Network affiliate, and Nine Network affiliate MDN, a supplementary station.

Australian Broadcasting Control Board

The Australian Broadcasting Control Board was an Australian government agency whose main roles were to regulate commercial AM radio, Commercial TV broadcasting and eventually introduce FM broadcasting and regulate that also. It held public hearings and issued commercial broadcasting licenses. It performed the technical planning for the National and Commercial networks.

The Postmaster-General's Department was responsible for the engineering functions for the National transmitter facilities and the Commercial stations did their own construction and installation.

The Australian Broadcasting Tribunal took over the functions of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board in the 1970s. The engineering function in some cases was handled by the National Transmission Authority, when the Post Office ceased being responsible for the national broadcasting service. The ABC always handled the studio section of the national network

The Australian Broadcasting Authority took over the functions of the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal.

On 1 July 2005, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) combined the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) and the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) .

Australian Communications and Media Authority

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is an Australian Government statutory authority within the Communications portfolio. ACMA was formed on 1 July 2005 with the merger of the Australian Broadcasting Authority and the Australian Communications Authority.

ACMA is responsible for ensuring media and communications works for all Australians. It does this through various legislation, regulations, standards and codes of practice. ACMA is a 'converged' regulator, created to oversee the convergence of the four 'worlds' of telecommunications, broadcasting, radio communications and the internet.

CTV 41 Bendigo

CTV 41 Bendigo was a free-to-air community television station based in Bendigo. The station was awarded a trial licence in July 1996 for broadcasting on UHF 41. On 2 April 1998, the Australian Broadcasting Authority (now the Australian Communications and Media Authority), moderators of television and radio broadcasting in Australia, decided to not renew the trial licences of community broadcasters that were not yet on-air, but the intervention of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia prompted the extension of such licences from 1 July 1998 to 30 June 1999.The station eventually began broadcasting a test pattern on 19 June 1999 on UHF 41. On 26 June 1999, a 3-hour tape of programming information and music was broadcast on a loop. The station's licence was cancelled on 30 June 1999 due to its failure to broadcast regular programming.

Cash for comment affair

The cash for comment affair was an Australian scandal that broke in 1999, concerning paid advertising in radio that is presented to the audience in such a way as to sound like editorial commentary. John Laws, a shock jock radio presenter for Sydney talk back, was accused of misusing his authority as an announcer. This was widely considered a breach of journalistic integrity. While the initial publicity had died down by the end of the year, it sparked major changes in the way the radio industry is conducted in Australia. This resulted in a second scandal in 2004, leading to the resignation of Australian Broadcasting Authority head David Flint, after he had been found to have been less than impartial in his role in "cash for comment" investigations.

Some have pointed to the Broadcasting Services Act (1992), which has treated the media more as a business than a cultural institution, for a decline in the relevance of ethical standards in the media industry.

Channel 31 (Sydney)

Channel 31 (call sign CTS-31) was a free-to-air community television station in Sydney. The station began broadcasting in 1993 as Australia's first metropolitan community television station.The licence of its operator, Community Television Sydney, was revoked by the Australian Broadcasting Authority and given to rival Television Sydney in March 2004. Channel 31's licence was temporarily extended pending a federal court hearing on the issue, but the station ultimately ceased operations at midnight on 23 April 2004.


CityFM is a former temporary broadcasting station in Melbourne, Australia.

David Flint

David Flint (born 1938) is an Australian legal academic, known for his leadership of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy and for his tenure as head of the Australian Broadcasting Authority.

Digital Forty Four

Digital Forty Four was a Sydney-only trial datacasting service that was licensed by the Australian Broadcasting Authority (now the Australian Communications and Media Authority) beginning on 17 March 2004 for an initial three-year run until late 2007. The license was extended on several occasions past 2007, however on 29 January 2010 it was announced that Broadcast Australia's datacasting licence for Digital Forty Four would not be extended past 30 April 2010. At midnight on 30 April 2010, all services from Digital Forty Four ceased broadcasting.

The services provided at various times during its six years of operation have included a television guide for free-to-air television, a community service channel providing information on road, weather and surf conditions, with live broadcasts every fifteen minutes, the Australian Christian Channel, Expo shopping channel, NITV, Teachers TV information channel and live broadcasts of the meetings of the Australian Parliament, with audio-video coverage of the House of Representatives and Senate.

Digital terrestrial television in Australia

Digital terrestrial television in Australia commenced on 1 January 2001 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth using DVB-T standards. The phase out of analogue PAL transmissions began in 2010 and was completed by 10 December 2013.

Digital terrestrial television brought a number of enhancements over the previous analogue television, primarily higher-quality picture and sound, as well as datacasting and multi-view services such as video program guides, high definition, and now-and-next program information. There are a number of additional channels, datacasting, as well as high definition services, available to digital terrestrial television viewers in Australia. Digital-only content is subject to availability and differs greatly in various television markets.

Although approximately 96% of the population had access to at least one digital service, take up was initially sluggish, with only 28% of Australia's 7.8 million households having adopted free-to-air digital television by March 2007. However, by August 2010, 75% of Australian households had made the switch. Analogue transmissions began to be phased out in 2010, and ceased to be available nationwide by the end of 2013.

From 2009, the free-to-air digital television platform has been promoted under the Freeview brand name.

FBi Radio

FBi (call sign: 2FBI) station is an independent, not-for-profit community radio in Sydney, Australia. FBi places a heavy emphasis on local alternative music: it has a policy that at least 50 per cent of its music content is to be Australian, of which at least half comes from Sydney musicians.FBi began 'test broadcasting' as an 'aspirant broadcaster' in 1995 following the then-Keating government's decision to allocate the last three FM licences in Sydney. The election of John Howard delayed the process as the coalition government focussed on radio licences for country towns. After making a series of short-term broadcasts over eight years, FBi Radio beat 16 other aspirant broadcasters to be granted a permanent licence by the Australian Broadcasting Authority in 2002.

Popular dance / hip hop aspirant station DEX FM were unsuccessful and FBi President Cassandra Wilkinson invited DEX founder George Crones to join the FBi board and merge the two stations.

A failed takeover attempt by one of the losing bidders for the permanent licence, Wild FM (a more commercially oriented dance music station) pushed FBi's full-time 24/7 broadcast to August 2003.The station went to air with program director Meagan Loader and station manager Christina Alvarez in charge with Australia's youngest Music Director Dan Zilber calling the tunes.

In November 2006, FBi’s 'Sunset' program won the Best Radio Show award at the national Australian Dance Music Awards.In September 2007, the Australian Labor Party chose FBi as the platform to announce its electoral commitment to resume funding for the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project.In 2009, FBi asked listeners to ask Richard Branson to donate $1 million to the station, with the person getting his attention being promised $50k if he came through with the goods.... A young Australian woman swam to his house on Necker Island to inform him of the campaign and Branson called the station to chat on air to broadcaster Alison Petrowski. While Branson did not pay up the $1M he did donate prizes to the Save FBi campaign which raised nearly half a million dollars to save the station from the global financial crisis which had significantly impacted revenues and membership.

During mid-2014, FBi Radio officially launched FBi Click - a second station dedicated to dance and electronic music. FBi Click broadcast on DAB+ in Sydney and via online stream at A number of Sydney dance music promoters and collectives presented shows on the station; including Picnic, Motorik, Purple Sneakers, THUMP by Vice and others. On 5 June 2017 FBi Click was discontinued, although many of the programs were merged back into the main FBI station's programming. The rationale for the change was that listeners wanted to hear the main FBi station on DAB+.

Groove 101.7FM

Groove 101.7FM (ACMA callsign: 6YMS) was a Western Australian community radio station broadcasting from studios located in Carlisle, owned and operated by the Youth Media Society of Western Australia Incorporated. First broadcast in March 2003, the station was closed in March 2008.

Hit93.1 Riverina

2WZD, which is branded as hit93.1 Riverina, is an Australian radio station that transmits on 93.1 MHz FM and is owned by Southern Cross Media.

Media Watch (TV program)

Media Watch is an Australian media analysis television program currently presented by Paul Barry for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The program focuses on critiquing the Australian media.

It played a key role in revealing the unethical behaviour of radio talkback hosts, which became known as the "cash for comment affair" and was the subject of an investigation by the Australian Broadcasting Authority.

Plenty Valley FM

Plenty Valley FM 88.6 is a community radio station based in Melbourne, Australia. It is broadcast on 88.6 MHz FM. It began transmission in 1987.

It is licensed by the Australian Broadcasting Authority to broadcast within guidelines prescribed by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.

Plenty Valley FM's studios are based in the northern Melbourne suburb of Mill Park, and broadcasts to areas within the City of Banyule, City of Manningham, City of Whittlesea and the Shire of Nillumbik.

Radio Italiana 531

Radio Italiana 531 is one of Adelaide, Australia's two "on band" dedicated non-English language commercial radio services. Radio Italiana 531 broadcasts an Adelaide-based Italian language radio service.The radio station was established in the 1990s, and commenced transmissions under an Australian Broadcasting Authority Temporary Community Broadcasting Licence (TCBL). The broadcasts on 92.9 FM were time shared with youth/dance community radio station Fresh FM, and in the licensing process both organisations applied for the full-time permanent FM broadcasting licence.

While Fresh FM was ultimately successful in gaining its licence and moving frequency to 92.7, this left the Italian Language station without a frequency. In the months following the grant of the FM community licence to Fresh FM, an additional AM licence became available. This licence was to be issued on a frequency which became available upon the previous licensee 5UV (Radio Adelaide) moving to an FM frequency.

531AM was auctioned by the Australian Broadcasting Authority for use as a narrowcast service, and the final and successful bid was won by Radio Televisione Italiana (SA) Inc, and the station is licensed as 5RTI.

Regional television in Australia

In Australia, regional television is the local television services outside of the five main Australian cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth).

SYN 90.7

SYN 90.7 (ACMA callsign: 3SYN) is an Australian community radio station broadcasting to Melbourne, Victoria. First broadcast in January 2003, the station is operated by SYN Media under a youth license, with programming presented entirely by volunteers aged 12-25 years old. The station broadcasts from studios on the campus of RMIT University, alongside sister station SYN Nation.

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