Community television is celebrating the granting of a further two year extension to its broadcast licences.
Communications Minister Senator Mitch Fifield has granted stations C31 (Melbourne), 44 (Adelaide) and WTV (Perth) an extension to broadcast to 30 June 2020.
The extension follows a recent round table discussion between the Government and the community television stations.
The sector was originally given a 2015 deadline to exit the airwaves and adopt a fully online platform — the only broadcast sector to be demanded to do so — but the Government has since granted various short-term extensions. Up until now the latest deadline was 30 June 2018.
C31 general manager Matthew Field welcomed the good news: “This is a huge win for the diverse community of passionate grassroots content creators across the country. It’s also fantastic news for the next generation of media talent, who hone their craft at C31, and for media diversity in general.”
— C31 (@C31Melbourne) June 1, 2018
— Channel 44 (@44adelaide) June 1, 2018