Today FM is spending yet another day in court today, appealing the most recent decision by the Federal Court to allow the ACMA to continue its investigation on the ‘Royal Prank’ incident.
So far, the ACMA and Australian Federal Police have been investigating whether Today FM breached any criminal legislation (and thus licence conditions), by broadcasting the infamous audio of former Hot 30 Countdown hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian imitating the Queen in order to receive information on a pregnant Kate Middleton.
In September of last year, Today took the ACMA to court to seek an injuction which would prevent them from being able to continue their administrative investigation as the AFP were beginnning a criminal investigation into the incident. Under the law, an administrative investigation, such as that of the ACMA, is not allowed to be continued if it at all could intervene with any criminal investigation, such as that of the AFP. The proceedings were dismissed in November as Today were unable to prove that the ACMA investigation would interfere with the AFP investigation.
This morning marks day one of Today’s appeal. A large number of submissions have been made by both parties over the last three to four months, indicating the proceedings may take some time before a decision is reached.