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Thursday, 1 June 1972
Page: 2482


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice:

Is it a fact that there is no provision in the existing Broadcasting and Television Act for the granting of educational broadcasting stations licences, and do these stations obtain approval for transmission under the Wireless Telegraphy Act; if so, (a) how many applications for this type of service have been received, and how many have been approved, (b) does the present situation mean that all applications for educational stations are now under the control of the Post Office and not the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, (c) what returns have to be furnished by these stations to the Post Office under the Wireless Telegraphy Act, and (d) does the Government intend taking action to bring educational broadcasting services within the Broadcasting and Television Act and hence within the ambit of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board.


Senator GREENWOOD (VictoriaAttorneyGeneral) The PostmasterGeneral has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

It is true that there is no provision in the Broadcasting and Television Act for the granting of educational broadcasting licences. Such educational stations as have been approved have been authorised under the Wireless Telegraphy Act by the Post Office, after consultation with the Australian Broadcasting Control Board. These, however, are not broadcasting stations in the true sense in that transmissions are not directed to the general public but solely to registered students of the educational institution concerned in relation to courses provided by those institutions.

(a)   Eleven applications have been received (radio 7 and television 4) of which eight have been approved (radio 6 and television 2).

(b)   Yes, but the Post Office confers with the Australian Broadcasting Control Board in relation to the conditions under which licences are granted.

(c)   No returns are required of these stations, but their licences are renewable annually.

(d)   Studies will be undertaken at the appropriate time with regard to the practicability of amending the Broadcasting and Television Act to provide for the grant of licences for educational and similar types of radio and television services; the whole question of educational broadcasting services is affected by the present examination by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board as to whether or not frequency modulation broadcasting services should be introduced to Australia. The Board hopes shortly to furnish its report and recommendation to the Government on this matter.







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