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Monday, 13 February 2017
Page: 644

Community Television

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives

As a supporter of community television, I'm asking you to reinstate funding to keep Channel 31 ongoing after December 2016. Community television and C31 serves the community in many ways; from people with disability to programming in different languages spoken across our state, to Indigenous broadcasters, faith based, legal, environmental, regional and youth programs for communities within Victoria. We appeal to the Minister to review his proposal not to extend CTV Transmitter Licenses, and ask that extensions for Apparatus (Transmitter) Licences run concurrently with BSA Licences to 2019. To support the efforts for a transition into an online service that will maintain relevance with the challenges of the digital age, we request that a process of consultation as to the most appropriate levels of funding be undertaken in order to successfully bring this digital vision into fruition.

We therefore ask the House to revoke the decision to cancel the CTV Transmitter licences.

from 8 citizens