The Broadcasting Act 1942 is a document long since replaced, but one of its dusty sections survives in the memory of media organisations. Section 103 made religious programming “compulsory” for broadcasting licensees. Even though the section was subject to review and wide interpretation throughout its legal life, secular broadcasters still like to make believe they’re flouting the law. Radio host John Safran -- you could never call this old-fashioned guy a “DJ”-- liked to make believe he was following the law. In early press for Sunday Night Safran, the host of the religion-focused program would say that he was only employed as a matter of legal obligation.
Safran has no clear memory of making this claim but tells Crikey: “It does sound like the kind of thing I would say to be an idiot.”