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Changes to radio services in South Australia

Consultation closes: 02 August 2019

IFC: 21/2019

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Consultation paper:
Proposal to vary Port Lincoln, Spencer Gulf North and Riverland LAPs

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Executive summary

The ACMA is currently consulting on proposals to:

  • Allow the commercial radio stations 5CC in Port Lincoln, 5AU in Spencer Gulf North and 5RM in the Riverland to simulcast in FMthe services will continue to be available on the existing AM frequencies. 
  • Provide six new infill transmitters for 5CC to extend FM coverage to Cleve, Cowell, Elliston, Kimba, Lock and Wudinna. Similarly, also provide five new infill transmitters for 5CCC to give the same coverage as the new 5CC FM transmissions. 
  • Provide FM infill transmitters at Quorn for both 5AU and 5AUU and an FM infill transmitter for 5RM at Waikerie. 
  • Make other minor and consequential changes to the technical specifications of radio services in the above areas.

What do the key proposed changes mean for me?

Port Lincoln area proposal:

  • To allow the commercial radio service 5CC to provide AM and FM services.
  • To provide infill transmitters for the new FM service for 5CC at Cowell, Elliston, Kimba, Lock, Wudinna and Cleve.

Listeners will be able to continue to access 5CC on the current frequency 765 kHz.

Additionally, most listeners will be able to access 5CC with better audio quality on 93.9 MHz FM.

Listeners in Cleve can access 5CC on 99.5 MHz.

The FM signal is not expected to reach all of the areas the AM signal currently covers, particularly those in the western part of the licence area.

  • To allow the FM commercial radio service 5CCC in Port Lincoln to broadcast from new transmitters at Cowell, Elliston, Kimba and Lock.
  • The 5CCC transmitters at Cleve and Wudinna will also change their broadcast frequencies.

Most listeners in Cowell, Elliston, Kimba and Lock will be able to listen to 5CCC by tuning to 89.9 MHz. Listeners in Cleve will be able to listen to 5CCC by tuning to 97.1 MHz while listeners in Wudinna will need to tune to 89.9 MHz

This means that listeners in Wudinna will no longer be able to access 5CCC on 89.5 MHz. This will provide 5CCC listeners with similar coverage to 5CC FM.

 Spencer Gulf North area proposal:

  • To allow the commercial radio service 5AU to provide AM and FM services.
  • To provide an infill transmitter for 5AU at Quorn. 

Listeners will be able to continue to access 5AU on the current frequency 1044kHz.

Additionally, most listeners will be able to access 5AU with better audio quality on 97.9 MHz FM.

Listeners in Quorn will be able to access 5AU on 99.1 MHz.

The FM signal is not expected to reach all of the areas the AM signal currently covers, such as to the far west of the licence area. The signal should provide coverage across most of the north-central part of the licence area and along the Gulf coastal strip. This includes the main towns of Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Pirie.

Listeners will no longer be able to access 5AU on 1242 kHz.

  • To allow the FM commercial radio service 5AUU at Port Augusta to improve its coverage in Quorn.

Listeners in the Quorn environs may receive a better signal by tuning to 100.7 MHz.

 Riverland area proposal:  

  • To allow the commercial radio service 5RM to provide AM and FM services.
  • To provide an infill transmitter at Waikerie. 

Listeners will be able to continue to access 5RM on the current frequency 801 kHz.

Additionally, most listeners will be able to access 5RM with better audio quality on 91.5 MHz FM.

Listeners at Waikerie will be able to access 5RM on 89.9 MHz.

The FM signal is not expected to reach all of the areas the AM signal currently covers, including Truro, Blanchetown and Morgan as well as sparsely populated areas of the north and south-east. 

Issues for comment

The ACMA welcomes comments from interested stakeholders on the issues raised in the consultation paper or any other issues relevant to the LAP variations as proposed.