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Greek radio service "first of many", says deputy PM



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28 October 1991

GREEK RADIO SERVICE "FIRST OF MANY", SAYS DEPUTY PM

A new Hellenic Radio Service launched in Melbourne today promised to be the first of many similar services, the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Brian Howe, said today in a joint statement with Mr Warren Snowdon, Parliamentary Secretary

to the Minister for Transport and Communications.

Mr Howe, who officially launched the enterprise, said another seven services were in the pipeline. These would serve the Greek, Italian and Chinese communities in

Melbourne.

Mr Snowdon said the Hellenic Radio Service had been made possible through new guidelines for subscription radio, announced recently by Transport and Communications Minister, Mr Kim Beazley.

The service was licensed under the Radiocommunications Act and differed from regular broadcasting services in that under its licensing conditions an encrypted (encoded) signal was transmitted.

Subscribers wanting to receive the service must attach a decoding device to their radios.

"Subscription services such as the Hellenic Radio Service can now be received directly into homes and will meet the needs of elderly migrants in particular," Mr Howe said.

"This new communication medium has the potential to provide an expanding range of specialised information, news and entertainment programs."

Media contacts:

Mr Howe's Office: Philip Bain, ph 03 482 4644 Mr Snowdon's Office: Mandy Taylor, ph. 089 81 1177 Department of Transport and Communications: Graeme Barrow, ph. 06 274 7856

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