2Day court date set
September 19 has been confirmed as the date when the court case between the ACMA and 2Day FM over the 'royal prank call' commences.
In a directions hearing today, Justice Richard Edmonds asked the two parties if they agree over the parameters of the case being around jurisdiction, asking; “It’s pretty much the one legal argument?”.
Both the ACMA and 2Day FM agreed with his interpretation.
Essentially this means that the court case will not focus on the legality or otherwise of the phone call, but rather on whether the ACMA has any legal right to adjudicate and pass judgement over the call.
If the court case goes against 2Day FM, the ramifications could potentially be extreme; at their worst, resulting in suspension or revocation of their broadcast license.
Whilst this is highly unlikely, there is no doubt that (unsurprisingly) Southern Cross Austereo are taking the court case extremely seriously, and September 19 will be a key day for the company.