37/08 - 19Sep2008

Broadcasting Act (Amendment of Fifth Schedule) Regulations, 2008

Digital Radio Broadcasting (Amendment) Regulations, 2008

I would like to draw your attention to two sets of regulations which have just been published in the Government Gazette:

a) the Broadcasting Act (Amendment of Fifth Schedule) Regulations, 2008; and
b) the Digital Radio Broadcasting (Amendment) Regulations, 2008.

In terms of the former regulations, the administrative penalty for the Requirements as to Standards and Practice on Programmes involving the Participation of Certain Health Care Professionals in the Broadcasting Media and Requirements as to Advertisements, Methods of Advertising and Directions applicable to Medicinal Products and Treatments have been established as follows:

Reduced Penalty - € 931

Penalty                - €1,164

As to the second set of regulations, the date of entry into force of these regulations has been moved forward by one year, that is, from 1st October 2007 to 1st October 2008 due to the fact that the digital radio platform will commence broadcasting from 1st October 2008.

Dr Kevin Aquilina
Chief Executive
19th September 2008
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