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Mar 02 2017

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Brisbane’s 31 Digital goes off-air

Brisbane’s community TV channel 31 Digital is now off the air and has converted to online operation.

The station, which was operating on UHF Channel 28 from Mount Coot-tha, closed its free-to-air broadcast on 28 February at 11.59pm (AEST), even though the Federal Government had given the community TV sector a further six month reprieve after the previous December 2016 deadline for stations to convert to online broadcast.

The station debuted in 1994 as Briz31 (the number taken from the analogue broadcast frequency) and later identified as 31, QCTV and then 31 Digital. Digital transmission launched in 2010 following a campaign by the community TV stations to gain access to digital spectrum.

Some of the programs produced by the station were The Boat Show, Tamara Tonite, The Very Anne Show, Nicky Noo And The “oo” Crew, Meet The Ministers and The Late Nite Show.

 
YouTube: 31 Digital

31 Digital has re-launched as Q Online TV and can be found at www.qldonline.tv

Now only C31 in Melbourne, 44 in Adelaide and WTV in Perth are still on free-to-air television. (Sydney’s TVS went off-air in December 2015). Unless the Government grants another extension these stations will be off-air in a few months time.

So far there has been no announcement as to what the Government intends to do with the broadcast spectrum being handed back by the community television stations.

 
YouTube: Australian TV Fan

 

 

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  1. Peter Strange

    What a shame.
    I guess the Government needs the frequencies back for more home shopping channels.
    I know my father and step-mother will miss it here in Melbourne along with a lot of other friends that don`t have the internet.
    This along with the NBN joke makes me wonder who I`m going to vote for at the next election….

    1. Someone

      Might as well cop the fine.

  2. Belinda Godden

    My dad really enjoyed Art Studio and started painting as a hobby. Now he can no longer watch it to get tips! This is in Brisbane. He’s 70 years old. Does other things besides watch TV but not the point. Lost a valid viewer. Not everyone has the money like the politicians.

  3. Shez

    Perhaps so your Dad doesn’t miss out, you could find some of the Art Studio episodes on YouTube?

  4. JD

    That is a real bummer and yet another act of destruction of our national fabric from this disgraceful government. Hope to see Briz 31 back on air in a better future.

    We should hang our collective heads in shame for allowing this to happen

  5. carmel Curtis

    This is a disgrace…loved some of their programs and will miss it very much. ….good on the Govt. just another one of their cuts

  6. Michael

    My father (83) was asking me what he’d done wrong to the Tele. Online? Ha! He’s flat out turning on a smart phone. No broadband in that house. What a crying shame for community TV. He’s all gee’d up…Going to write a letter, get a stamp and send it to his local member. We both thought it was community television??

  7. Marty

    Not everyone can afford data to watch on line ..shame ..

  8. Darren Nichols

    Piss poor government. Close and Sell and then put the money into their own pockets, then Resell to their privileged business “partners ” and then put that money into their own pockets. In the end it will be their own loss, mainly respect from the people that they are supposed to represent. Next election let them know that if they are going to keep on stripping assets we can and will kick them back to the gutter that they crawled out of.

  9. ho;y roller

    What a poor decision so many good things about 31 what a shame on the government ,as usual they think only of them selves

  10. What Is Up

    No, no, no!! We should be opening new Community stations, not closing the ones we already have!! Jesus…

    1. Querying

      Couldn’t agree more. It puzzles me how channel such as Spree TV and TVSN are allowed to broadcast, but community stations are forced off the air!

  11. Rod Davidson

    Not very good I’ve been wondering what I did wrong the past couple of weeks as I’ve not. Wen able to watch my favourite show ‘Art Studio’ I’m a pensioner a
    D you e lost my vote you rotten govt,

  12. Rod Davidson

    Not very good I’ve been wondering what I did wrong the past couple of weeks as I’ve not. Wen able to watch my favourite show ‘Art Studio’ I’m a pensioner a
    D you e lost my vote you rotten govt,i

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