Community television broadcasters granted further licence extension to assist transition to online streaming
27 June 2017
Government will provide community television (CTV) broadcasters in Melbourne,
Adelaide and Perth with a further six months to transition their services to
online streaming. The decision has been taken following representations from
Coalition and crossbench colleagues.
were initially notified in 2014 that the Government would require them to
vacate terrestrial spectrum on 31 December 2015 and use the Internet as their
Government has since provided extensions to Community Television totalling an
additional 18 months of broadcasting and allocated Government funding of
up to $450,000 to the sector to assist
with the transition.
A further six
month extension will enable stations in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne to
finalise their arrangements for vacating terrestrial spectrum by 31
December 2017. Services in Brisbane and Sydney have already ceased broadcasting
Spectrum is a
scarce and valuable community resource which the Government needs to manage in
a way that delivers best value to the Australian public. OzTAM ratings data
from 2009-2013 shows that community television’s peak prime time audience
declined over that period from an average of 9,000 viewers to 6,000 viewers
when all five services were operating. As at 2016, this figure had further
declined to 4,000 viewers.
is considering a variety of options for using the vacated broadcast spectrum,
including for the trialling of next-generation broadcasting technologies that
could enable new services for viewers, such as the terrestrial broadcast of
ultra-high definition 4K television.