Last updated on 24 May 2006 at 13:42:19 UTC
|This section covers a relatively new sector of the Australian television industry - community
television broadcasting. While community radio stations in Australia have
been in operation for many years, it wasn't until 1991 that the Federal Government allocated
UHF channel 31 for community television broadcasts in metropolitan areas.
Community broadcasting groups and consortia
were formed, representing a variety of interests such as ethnic groups and academic institutions, and
in 1994, temporary community broadcasting licences were granted to
Community Television Sydney
Melbourne Community Television Consortium.
Other groups soon followed, such as
Bendigo 41 (no longer operating).In 2004, after the production and screening of many hours of locally-produced programming by and for
the community, the Australian Broadcasting Authority granted permanent broadcasting licences to
various community broadcasters (some incumbent, some new).Community television has also made inroads into pay television since its introduction in 1995.
Cable providers such as Optus have screened Localvision (no longer operating) and other
providers such as TransACT in Canberra and Neighbourhood Cable also provide community access
services and Aurora Community Television now screens on Foxtel. Free-to-air satellite
services such as Bushvision and Australian Multicultural Television
are due to commence broadcasting in the near future (while Satellite Community Television has