Community TV gets pushed onto internet

The government has confirmed community TV stations will lose access to Australia’s sixth TV channel at the end of 2015, with it to be broadcast online only. The government will instead sell the broadcast spectrum with telecommunications companies likely to bid. […] The decision to push community TV online only would “probably spell the death of community television,” said Richard McLelland, secretary of the Australian Community Television Alliance and general manager of Melbourne community TV station Channel 31. […] In a speech this morning, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government “believes that the best outcome for community television is that in future it uses the internet as its distribution platform. […] “The internet is not new. It is the universal uber-platform to which most people in Australia are connected 24/7.” – Madeleine Heffernan,The Sydney Morning HeraldĀ 
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