Commercial Radio Industry Welcomes Media Law Changes

The commercial radio industry has welcomed the successful passage of the broadcast reform bill through the Senate.

“This is a positive outcome that will bring Australia’s media laws into the digital age and help ensure local media has a chance to compete, evolve and grow,” said Commercial Radio Australia Chief Executive Officer, Joan Warner.

“Radio broadcasters can now move ahead with much greater certainty and ability to invest in local content and innovation across areas such as digital radio, streaming and podcasting without the burden of broadcast licence fees. We look forward to continuing to produce and promote the millions of hours of Australian content provided by Australian commercial radio each year.”

A panel of media industry chief executives will provide perspectives and commentary on the implications of media reform and the new media landscape as part of commercial radio’s Radio Alive 2017 national media conference to be held in Melbourne on the 13th of October.

The panel will be moderated by Daily Telegraph columnist, Miranda Devine, and will feature Hugh Marks, CEO of Nine Entertainment, Michael Miller, Executive Chair of News Corp Australasia, Grant Blackley, CEO of Southern Cross Austereo, and Patrick Delany, CEO of Fox Sports.

Communications Minister, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, will also speak at Radio Alive 2017 on a Q+A panel session alongside ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie, Shadow Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland MP and 3AW drive host Tom Elliott, to be hosted by ABC presenter Virginia Trioli.

Radio Alive 2017 will be held on Friday, the 13th of October at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, followed by the Australian Commercial Radio Awards on Saturday the 14th of October.



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