Hawkesbury frequency to be shared between four groups in 2019

The FM 89.9 frequency in the Windsor Hawkesbury licence area (Windsor RA1) will be shared between four groups for the next 12 months under a new temporary broadcasting licence (TCBL) decision handed down by the ACMA this month.

As well as the current three groups who shared the frequency this year, another group has been added.

The three current groupsWindsor-Hawkesbury Community RadioHawkesbury Radio Communications Association and Hawkesbury Valley Community Radio Association, will be joined by Hawkesbury Harmony Community Radio Inc (HHCR), which made an application on 6 November 2018.

All four groups will share use of the frequency on a weekly rotation:

  • Hawkesbury Community Radio Inc (HCRI) to broadcast continuously from midnight Wednesday to midday Saturday each week (2.5 days)
  • Hawkesbury Valley Community Radio Association Inc (HVCR) to broadcast continuously from midday Saturday to midday Monday each week (2 days)
  • Consortium of Australian Media Services Inc–Windsor Hawkesbury Community Radio (CAMS-WHCR) to broadcast continuously from midday Monday to midnight Tuesday each week (1.5 days)
  • HHCR to broadcast continuously from midnight Tuesday to midnight Wednesday each week (1 day).

The current arrangement will end on 5 December 2019.

An ACMA spokesperson has told radioinfo: “The applicants were advised that if they wished the timing conditions to be different from those proposed, they should negotiate a timesharing arrangement among themselves. Three of the four applicants explicitly accepted the ACMA’s proposed timing conditions and no different arrangement was negotiated. Accordingly, the ACMA allocated four TCBLs for the maximum allowable 12-month licence period.”

See previous reports here.


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