Subscription TV updating Code of Practice

The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association is reviewing its Codes of Practice and seeks public comment.

According to ASTRA the proposed Code:

  • Is simplified, more concise, and easier for licensees and consumers to understand;
  • Retains key community safeguards in relation to classification, advertising, news and  current affairs, privacy and complaints-handling;
  • Combines the currently separate Subscription Television Broadcasting and Subscription Television Narrowcasting Codes into a single, easy to use document;
  • Makes no change to recently established restrictions on gambling advertising; and
  • Reflects the ongoing very low levels of complaint regarding content on subscription television services.

The proposed Code and explanatory materials are available at www.astra.org.au/codesofpractice.

Before the new Code comes into effect, it must be considered and registered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Submissions may be sent to ASTRA via post to:

ASTRA Code of Practice Review
5 Thomas Holt Drive
North Ryde, NSW, 2113

Submissions may be made electronically to [email protected].

The closing date for public comment is 4 February 2019.

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