ACMA Wants Advice On TV Standards

ACMA Wants Advice On TV Standards

ACMA (that’s the Australian Communications and Media Authority) is seeking public consultation on what the contemporary broadcasting codes of practice should actually contain. What changes do you think should be made?

ACMA Chairman Chris Chapman said in a release that “We feel the time has come to take a “first principles” look at what contemporary codes of practice really need to address. We also want to know how community attitudes may be changing in relation to these components.” — or in other words, rather than having little input into the way the codes are formulated in the future, now is the chance to actually have something of a say.

The ACMA has released an issues paper detailing the changes it’s looking at as well as live events held in the ACMA’s Sydney office, and webcast throughout Australia.

What would you like to see changed in the codes of practice? I’d suggest a nice start would be some kind of redress for channels that consistently, and in many cases deliberately, over-run programs to block out easy channel changing or PVR recording. What are your thoughts?


  • Those Citizen Conversations Series cater specifically to the unemployed based on their session times (all run midweek during working hours). Don’t you think this will skew the results enormously?

    With regards to the actual questions, I think that the ridiculous state of news and current affairs should be addressed: sports and entertainment news could be kept separate and distinct from actual news about events or issues, which would allow (or force?) more time to deal with the complex world we live in, rather than glossing over it with a three second soundbyte amid a two minute clip.

  • “Question 18: Should the concept of ‘protection of children’ be relevantly included as a guiding core principle in contemporary broadcasting codes of practice?”


  • They need to introduce a law to limit the volume of the advertisements to be the same (or lower) as the actual progamming. They have this law in the US ( – why can’t we?

    They also need to limit (or prevent) the amount of ads during the actual show – there are so many ‘pop up’ ads and ticker ads throughout the show now that the whole hour of progamming is a giant ad in itself.

  • very frustrating when not all channels and / or programs include subtitles… not everyone wants to watch a sing-a-long or paint dry ….

  • let’s not forget all the “You’re going to die! Give us your money so we can help your loved ones!” ads, that seem to saturate the ad break. i expect to see one of these per ad break at least, if not more.

    I don’t think people need this much of a reminder about the shortness of their life, especially when they’re near the end of that lifespan, and can’t do much else other than watch tv (Think someone who has trouble walking).

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