Listeners of commercial radio stations 2EC in Bega, 2XL in Cooma and 2GN in Goulburn may soon be retuning their radios if the ACMA accepts proposals by the stations.
The proposals would see 2EC, 2XL and 2GN swap from AM to FM transmission in Bega, Cooma and Goulburn respectively.
‘FM radio provides improved audio quality for listeners in regional areas and can be more cost-effective to operate than AM radio,’ said ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin.
‘A number of regional commercial radio stations are seeking to convert their services to FM under an industry-led conversion program. The ACMA will facilitate a conversion after taking a number of issues into account. These include availability of suitable spectrum and being satisfied that audiences in regional areas do not lose radio services under that proposal,’ Ms O’Loughlin said.
‘We now want to hear from the audiences in Bega, Cooma and Goulburn their views on the conversion proposals,’ Ms O’Loughlin said.
Submissions on the Bega, Cooma and Goulburn proposals are due by 26 April 2019. More information about AM-FM conversion is available here.
If the ACMA decides to approve these conversions, the timing of the transition would be up to the broadcasters.
For more information, please contact ACMA Media on 0438 375 776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media release 10/2019 - 29 March 2019