This year’s BIGSOUND conference in Brisbane has sparked a review of Australian radio’s quota laws.

During the panel ‘Why is it Important to Program Australian Content?’, triple j’s Nick Findlay, Hit 105’s Jack Ball, MTV’s Monique Bour and James Cheatley from ‎Screen Producers Australia discussed the importance of local content on our airwaves.

Among the comments that local streaming services should have to abide by local content quotas on major playlists, it was said that Sydney commercial stations are missing their mandated local content quota by 10% or more, according to radio data provided to local indie label body AIR.

During the panel AMRAP Manager Chris Johnson also chimed in from the audience with some insights into the current system’s inadequacies.

bigsound panel 2017The Why is it Important to Program Australian Content? panel at BIGSOUND 2017

This is of course compounded by the absence of the Australian Music Performance Committee (AMPCOM), the independent body which oversaw Australian music quota compliance on commercial radio.

As revealed by TMN AMPCOM “quietly wound up in the last year”.

However, APRA AMCOS called AMPCOM an “ineffective mechanism” as it wasn’t able to monitor the CRA’s compliance with the commercial radio code of practice.