ACMA launches investigation into prank call

Holleran says, “SCA will fully co-operate.” The Australian Communications and Media Authority has opened a formal investigation into the broadcast by 2DayFM of a prank call to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London.

The investigation will focus on the compliance of the licensee, Today FM Sydney Pty Ltd, with its licence conditions and the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice.

In opening the investigation, the ACMA has decided to exercise its discretionary powers under section 170 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to commence an ‘own motion’ investigation.

A detailed Backgrounder, explaining the regulatory framework, is available here.

Chris Chapman, Chairman of the ACMA, noted “The ACMA’s formal regulatory relationship is always with the relevant licensee (and not the presenters of any broadcast in question).

“The ACMA will be examining whether the licensee has complied with its broadcasting obligations.


The ACMA will be seeking to expedite this investigation and does not propose making any further statement while its investigation is underway,” said Mr Chapman

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) Chief Executive Officer Rhys Holleran said, “Southern Cross Austereo welcomes the opportunity to participate in the ACMA investigation and will fully co-operate.