18 October 2010
New digital commercial television licences for Broken Hill and Spencer Gulf
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has allocated new commercial television broadcasting licences to provide digital-only services in both Broken Hill, New South Wales and the Spencer Gulf region of South Australia.
The licences were allocated to companies owned by Southern Cross Media, being Broken Hill Television Pty Limited and Spencer Gulf Telecasters Pty Limited, respectively.
Decisions about the services to be provided under the licences, including digital multi-channel services, are a matter for Southern Cross Media.
Southern Cross Media recently announced that a service comprising Nine Network programming will be provided under the new licences in these areas, commencing on 31 October 2010.
The Broadcasting Services Act 1992 provides for the allocation of an additional commercial television broadcasting licence in markets where only two commercial television broadcasting licences are in force. The additional services to be broadcast under the licences are to operate in a digital mode only.
Under the government’s digital television switchover timetable, all analog TV services in the Broken Hill and Spencer Gulf licence areas will be switched off on 15 December 2010.
Southern Cross Media contact: Rick Lenarcic, Group General Manager SA and Vic on 02 6022 4600 or Rick.Lenarcic@scmedia.com.au.
ACMA contact: Donald Robertson, Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7980, 0418 86 1766 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The ACMA is Australia’s regulator for broadcasting, the internet, radiocommunications and telecommunications. The ACMA’s strategic intent is to make communications and media work in Australia’s public interest. For more information: www.acma.gov.au.