Community television broadcasters granted two year licence extension
1 June 2018
Government will provide community television (CTV) broadcasters in Melbourne,
Adelaide and Perth with a further two years of terrestrial broadcasting to
assist their transition to online streaming.
has been taken following advocacy by Coalition and crossbench colleagues. The
Government also consulted directly with the sector at a roundtable held in
Melbourne in April 2018.
were initially notified in 2014 that the Government would require them to
vacate terrestrial spectrum on 31 December 2015 and thereafter use the Internet
as their distribution platform.
Turnbull Government has since provided several extensions to Community
Television and provided
Government funding of $90,000 to each station to assist with the transition.
A further two
year extension will enable stations in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne to
finalise their arrangements for vacating terrestrial spectrum by 30 June 2020.
Services in Brisbane and Sydney have already ceased broadcasting over spectrum.
is a scarce and valuable community resource which the Government needs to manage
in a way that delivers best value to the Australian public. The Government
continues to examine the potential options for using the vacated broadcast
spectrum. For instance, vacated spectrum in Sydney is currently being used for
a trial of next-generation broadcasting technology that could enable new
services for viewers, such as the terrestrial broadcast of ultra-high
definition 4K television.
Government is confident that this two year extension will provide a period of
stability and certainty to CTV broadcasters, enabling staff and volunteers to
manage their day to day operations whilst completing a successful transition to
Authorised by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Liberal Party of Australia, Parliament House, Canberra.