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Thursday, 11 November 1971
Page: 3430

Mr Stewart asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that South Australian Telecasters Ltd (SAS 10), in its original application for a television licence, proposed that at least 50 per cent of programme time in the second and third years of operation would be devoted to programmes of Australian origin.

(2)   If so, was this promise fulfilled.

(3)   What percentage of programme material is presently devoted to programmes of Australian origin 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 station licence, South Australian Telecasters Ltd (licensee of station SAS Adelaide) stated it proposed that during its -second and third years of operation, Australian programmes would occupy 53 per cent and 50 per cent respectively of . transmission schedules of 49 and 72 hours weekly.

(2)   In July 1967, following- the completion ot two years operation, 48.0. per cent of the weekly 117 hours transmission of SAS was occupied by Australian programmes. In July, 1968, when the station operated for 119} Hours weekly, SAS was providing 52.1 per cent Australian programmes

(3)   Station SAS is at present credited with televising Australian programmes for 50 per cent of transmission time of about 100 hours weekly. .

(4)   Australian programmes at present televised by station SAS consist of Drama, Light Entertain? ment, Sport, News, Children's, Family Activities, Current Affairs, Religious Matter and Education.

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