Less than two weeks ago, Hawkesbury Radio 89.9 FM, a community station on the outskirts of Sydney, lost a case in the NSW Supreme Court brought by former member John Bryant. The station has been ordered to reinstate Bryant who was found to have been denied procedural fairness when he was expelled over a year ago.
Now, following a long running investigation, the ACMA has found that the station is in breach of sub-paragraph 9(2)(c)(i) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 which obligates it to encourage members of the community to participate in the station’s operations.
However, the ACMA found no breach of a similar clause that requires the station to encourage participation in the selection and provision of programs.
The full Investigation Report – No. 3079, will be posted on the ACMA website in due course.
A spokesperson for the ACMA said in a statement, “In relation to the breach finding, the ACMA is discussing with 2VTR the most appropriate action to remedy the breach.”