Narrowcasting rules

These are the rules specific to our type of licence.

Audience specific

The content of program material and advertisements delivered on narrowcast services will be consistent with standards acceptable to the relevant specific audiences involved.

For TuneFM that audience is UNE Students and Staff.

News and current affairs

Narrowcasters will present accurate and fair news and current affairs programs, and where practicable will ensure that:

a. factual material will be clearly distinguished from commentary, analysis or simulations; and

b. news or events are not simulated in a way that misleads or alarms the audience.

And yes, this is still due to Ors0n Welles.


Not acceptable. In any way.

Narrowcasters will not broadcast programs which are likely to incite or perpetuate hatred against or vilify any person or group on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, race, gender, sexual preference, religion, age, colour, physical or mental disability, transgender status or HIV/AIDS status.

If you’re unsure about how to report on problematic content, see Tania first.

Cultural sensitivity.

A narrowcaster may not broadcast a program which is likely in all the circumstances to seriously offend the cultural sensitivity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or ethnic groups in the Australian community.

If you’re unsure about the cultural sensitivity of  a particular news item contact Oorala via the links below.

Okay don't laugh, but...

Narrowcasters will not broadcast programs that:

a. are designed to induce a hypnotic state in the audience; or

b. use the process known as “subliminal perception” or any other technique that attempts to convey information by broadcasting messages below or near the threshold of normal awareness.

Broadcasting other people.

A narrowcaster must not broadcast the words of an identifiable person unless:

a. that person has been informed in advance or is aware that the words may be broadcast; or

b. in the case of words which have been recorded without the knowledge of the person, that person has subsequently, but prior to the broadcast, indicated consent to the broadcast of the words.


A narrowcaster must not broadcast information relating to a person’s personal or private affairs, or which invades a person’s privacy, unless there is a public interest in broadcasting such information.

Guidance on this clause can be found in privacy guidelines for broadcasters published by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Except if...

Programs will not breach code if a program includes matter said or done reasonably and in good faith:

a. in broadcasting an artistic work including comedy and satire;

b. in the course of any broadcast or statement, discussion or debate made or held for an academic, artistic or scientific purpose or any other identifiable public interest purpose;

c. in broadcasting a fair report of, or a fair comment on, any event or matter of identifiable public interest.

A failure to comply will not be a breach of the Codes if that failure was due to:

a. a reasonable mistake;

b. reasonable reliance on information supplied by another person;