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Media Release

The Hon Peter McGauran, MP

Acting Minister for Communications, Information Technology

and the Arts

Minister for the Arts and the Centenary of Federation


8 July 1999






The Acting Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Mr Peter McGauran, today released an issues paper on the $120 million Television Fund, to be established from the proceeds of the sale of the next 16.6 per cent of Telstra.


The five-year Fund will extend SBS Television to transmission areas with a population over 10,000 and fix up between 200-250 television reception black spots around the country. It will provide $10 million towards a second terrestrial commercial television signal to broadcast self-help communities in remote areas of Australia, and $2 million over three years to assist the SBS to establish a New Media Unit.


‘As well as those who will benefit from this opportunity to fix a significant number of television black spots, more than one million Australians in regional areas will also benefit from the extension of SBS Television to areas with a population over 10,000,’ Mr McGauran said.


‘Comments are now invited on the issues paper, which discusses policy and implementation issues associated with the Television Fund,’ Mr McGauran said.


Guidelines and administrative arrangements for the Fund will be developed following this public consultation.


‘This is an opportunity for interested individuals and organisations to make comments on the issues raised in the paper by 20 August 1999.’


Enquiries regarding the Television Fund can be made by calling (02) 6271 1129 or via e-mail:


Comments can be sent via e-mail or to:


General Manager

Public Broadcasting Branch

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

GPO Box 2154



The Television Fund issues paper is available on the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts’ website at



Media contact:

Terry O’Connor, Senator Alston’s Office on (02) 6277 7480




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