9 September 2004
Licence area for a new digital television service in Mildura/Sunraysia
The Australian Broadcasting Authority has varied the Mildura/Sunraysia television licence area plan and decided that the licence area for a third service will be identical to the current licence areas of WIN Television Mildura Pty Ltd and Prime Television (Victoria) Pty Ltd.
The Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the Act) provides for the allocation of an additional commercial television broadcasting licence in markets where there are two competing commercial television liences in force. It is a condition of such a licence that the service may only be provided in digital mode.
Mildura Digital Television Pty Ltd, a joint venture company of WIN Television Mildura Pty Ltd and Prime Television (Victoria) Pty Ltd, has expressed its interest in providing a third commercial television service in the Mildura/Sunraysia licence area.
Before a third commercial television service could be allocated, the ABA is first required to designate the licence area for the service.
Mildura Digital Television Pty Ltd has 12 months to apply for the additional commercial television licence from the designated time of 19 January 2004 set by the Australian Broadcasting Authority.
The ABA has also decided to revoke its reservation of channel capacity for a national/commuity television service, planned to operate on channel 38, in Mildura/Sunraysia.
The instruments are available on the ABA’s website or by calling 1800 810 241.Media contact Donald Robertson, ABA Manager Media and PR on (02) 9334 7980.