ACMA vindicated over probe into radio prank turned deadly

The High Court has ruled the media regulator can investigate 2DayFM for criminal conduct over the “royal prank” stunt. ACMA says the decision gives it and other bodies certainty in enforcing standards.

Australia’s media regulator says it now has clarity after the High Court ruled it was right to find radio operator 2DayFM in breach of its licence conditions over the infamous “royal prank”.

But 2DayFM owner Southern Cross Austereo has called on the government to reduce the powers of the Australian Communication and Media Authority in the wake of the decision.

The court released a ruling this morning that confirmed the Australian Communication and Media Authority’s right to rule on whether or not 2DayFM had broken the law in breaching the NSW Surveillance Devices Act — doing so would be a breach of the station’s licence conditions.

Today’s judgment comes after Southern Cross Austereo, for decades Australia’s most profitable and powerful radio company, took ACMA to court over a preliminary ACMA report that said the regulator was investigating whether 2DayFM had breached its licence conditions in airing the infamous royal prank phone call.

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