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TV Black Spots on the mend in NT.



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MEDIA RELEASE

June 27 2001

TV Black Spots on the Mend in NT

The Northern Territory has received close to $325,000 of funding from Round 1 of the Federal Government’s $35 million Television Black Spots Program—funded by the second partial sale of Telstra.

‘The $35 million Television Black Spots Program aims to eradicate television black spots,’ said Senator Grant Tambling.

‘The Television Black Spots program is targeted at communities wanting to work with the Government to fix television reception problems using the self-help retransmission model.

‘The money received by the NT has been allocated to replace obsolete equipment at Batchelor, Goulburn, Island, Nguiu, and Milingimbi for the transmission of three to four broadcasting services which may include SBS, ABC, Central 7 and Imparja.

‘This program is fundamental in assisting those communities in rural and remote areas of the NT which have been active in operating self-help retransmission facilities for many years, and have made applications to the ‘Replacement of Obsolete Equipment’ component of the Black Spots Program,’ said Senator Tambling.

 

Media contact:  Chris Smith: Senator Grant Tambling’s office (02) 6277 3436