The expansion of digital television across the country will get an extra boost with the licencing and launch of digital-only channels in remote and regional Australia.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced that it has licenced a digital-only commercial television service to Central Television Pty Ltd to serve the Remote Central and Eastern Australia market, including the Mount Isa licence area.
Central Television Pty Ltd is a joint venture between the market’s existing commercial broadcasters, Imparja Television and Regional Television Pty Ltd (Southern Cross Television). Imparja currently provides a Nine Network schedule to the region, while Southern Cross is a Seven Network affiliate.
The new channel has twelve months to commence broadcasting.
Meanwhile, ACMA has also announced a launch date for the digital-only television service to cover Regional Western Australia. The new channel, announced almost a year ago, is a joint venture between existing broadcasters GWN (owned by Prime) and WIN and is set to commence rolling out across the state from 10 June.
The new channel will coincide with the rollout of digital simulcasts of the existing WIN and GWN services.