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Declaring primary commercial television broadcasting services in Queensland WA and NT

Issue for comment 18/2013

Declaring Primary Commercial Television Broadcasting Services in the:
Brisbane TV1, Regional Queensland TV1, Geraldton TV1, Kalgoorlie TV1, South West and Great Southern TV1, Western Zone TV1, RRWA TV1 and Darwin TV1 licence areas

Submissions

Submissions closed on 10 May 2013. The ACMA received one submission to the discussion paper:

Background

The ACMA is seeking comments on its proposal to make a declaration specifying Primary Commercial Television Broadcasting Services (Primary Services) for each of the commercial television broadcasting licences in the Brisbane TV1, Regional Queensland TV1, Geraldton TV1, Kalgoorlie TV1, South West and Great Southern TV1, Western Zone TV1, Remote and Regional Western Australia TV1 and Darwin TV1 licence areas.  

The simulcast period will end on 28 May 2013 in the Brisbane TV1 and Regional Queensland TV1 licence areas. The simulcast period will end on 25 June 2013 in the Geraldton TV1, Kalgoorlie TV1, South West and Great Southern TV1, Western Zone TV1, and Remote and Regional Western Australia TV1 licence areas, and on 30 July 2013 in the Darwin TV1 licence area.

The ACMA may, by legislative instrument declare a primary commercial television broadcasting service (primary service) for each of the commercial television broadcasting licences (BSLs) in a licence area to be in force at all times after the end of the simulcast period for that licence area.

In the Brisbane TV1 licence area, the ACMA proposes to declare the service known as ‘7’ as the primary service for the licence held by Channel Seven Brisbane Pty Ltd, ‘NINE’ as the primary service for the licence held by Queensland Television Ltd, and ‘TEN’ as the primary service for the licence held by Network Ten (Brisbane) Pty Ltd.

In the Regional Queensland TV1 licence area, the ACMA proposes to declare the service known as ‘Southern Cross TEN’ as the primary service for the licence held by Regional Television Pty Ltd, ‘7’ as the primary service for the licence held by Channel Seven Queensland Pty Ltd, and ‘WIN’ as the primary service for the licence held by WIN Television QLD Pty Ltd.

In the Geraldton TV1 licence area, the ACMA proposes to declare the service known as ‘GWN7’ as the primary service for the licence held by Geraldton Telecasters Pty Ltd and ‘TEN West’ as the primary service for the licence held by West Digital Television No.2 Pty Ltd.

In the Kalgoorlie TV1 licence area, the ACMA proposes to declare the service known as ‘GWN7’ as the primary service for the licence held by Mid-Western Television Pty Ltd and ‘TEN West’ as the primary service for the licence held by West Digital Television No.3 Pty Ltd.

In the South West and Great Southern TV1 licence area, the ACMA proposes to declare the service known as ‘GWN7’ as the primary service for the licence held by Golden West Network Pty Ltd, and ‘TEN West’ as the primary service for the licence held by West Digital Television Pty Ltd.

In the Western Zone TV1 licence area, the ACMA proposes to declare the service known as ‘GWN7’ as the primary service for the licence held by Golden West Satellite Communications Pty Ltd and ‘TEN West’ as the primary service for the licence held by West Digital Television No.4 Pty Ltd.

In the Remote and Regional Western Australia TV1 licence area, the ACMA proposes to declare the service known as ‘WIN’ as the primary service for the licence held by WIN Television WA Pty Ltd.

In the Darwin TV1 licence area, the ACMA proposes to declare the service known as ‘NINE’ as the primary service for the licence held by Territory Television Pty Ltd, ‘Southern Cross Television’ as the primary service for the licence held by Regional Television Pty Ltd, and ‘TEN Darwin’ as the primary service for the licence held by Darwin Digital Television Pty Ltd.

The ACMA also proposes to correct a transposition error in Table 1 of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services (Primary Commercial Television Broadcasting Service) Declaration 2010.

Submissions

The discussion paper is available in PDF ( 293kb) or Word (.docx 107 kb) formats.

Enquiries about matters raised in this paper should be directed to Glen Ramsay on +61 (0)2 9334 7755, or by email DPS@acma.gov.au.

Written submissions to this discussion paper may be made to the ACMA as follows:

By email: DPS@acma.gov.au

By mail:
Manager, Digital Policy Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box Q500
Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230

The closing date for submissions was close of business 10 May 2013.

Electronic submissions in Microsoft Word or rich text format are preferred.


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