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Thursday, 11 November 1971
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Mr Stewart asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice:

(1)   Can he say whether General Television Corporation Pty Ltd (GTV 9 Melbourne) in its original application for a television licence estimated that, after 3 years' operation, 62.8 per cent of programme material would be live production.

(2)   If so, was this promise fulfilled.

(3)   What percentage of programme material is presently devoted to live production on this station.

(4)   What types of programme make up this percentage.


Sir Alan Hulme - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   In its original application for a commercial television licence, General Television Corporation Pty Ltd (licensee of station GTV Melbourne) indicated that after 3 years of transmission it proposed to televise five programmes amounting to 62.8 per cent of transmission time based on an estimated weekly transmission time of 271 hours.

(2)   Station GTV Melbourne commenced transmission on 19th January 1957. The Australian Broadcasting Control Board estimated that at 30th June 1960, when the station operated for 681 hours weekly, GTV was providing approximately 36.7 per cent Australian programmes.

(3)   Station' GTV is at present credited with televising Australian programmes for 56 per cent of transmission time of 1264 hours weekly.

(4)   Australian programmes at present televised by Station GTV consist of drama, light entertainment, sport, news, children's, family activities, current affairs, religious matter and education.







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