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Thursday, 9 December 1976

Mr Hayden asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice:

(   1 ) Does the Australian Broadcasting Commission relay news broadcasts to commercial radio stations in (a) metropolitan, (b) other urban, and (c) rural areas.

(2)   If so, (a) to which stations is the relay made, (b) where are the stations situated, (c) what is the nature and frequency of the news broadcasts relayed, (d) what is the real total cost including overheads in relaying those broadcasts and (e) what charges are levied.

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1)(a)Yes,(b)Yes,(c)Yes.


(c)   National and State news bulletins on a daily basis.

(   d) The ABC is not involved in any direct cost, as commercial stations relay broadcasts of the ABC news off the air by tuning in to ABC stations. Some record the bulletins off-air and replay them later, but this must be done within half an hour of the ABC's broadcast.

(e)   The ABC news bulletins are provided to the stations indicated under one year contracts. To reveal the financial terms of these contracts, which are confidential between the parties, would prejudice the ABC's position vis-a-vis its commercial competitors who, in some cases, also provide radio news services to commercial stations.

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