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MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS

Equipment delays have forced Prime Television to postpone the start of its broadcasts in regional Victoria until 5 March 1992, two months behind VIC TV and Southern Cross.

The Minister for Transport and Communications, Mr Kim Beazley, said today he had reluctantly approved Prime's application for a delayed start.

The reason given was that Prime's equipment supplier was unable to manufacture and deliver the necessary equipment on time.

A schedule of new start dates is attached.

Mr Beazley said it was fortunate that telecasts of the AFL and next year's Barcelona Olympics (both of which Prime has the rights to broadcast) would not be affected. Prime would also be on air in time for the AFL's Fosters Cup final.

Each of three commercial operators (Prime based in Albury (NSW), VIC TV in Ballarat, and Southern Cross in Bendigo) in Approved Market D -- the name given to the aggregated or equalised commercial television market of regional Victoria — was required to devise an implementation plan for ministerial approval.

VIC TV and Southern Cross are scheduled to begin broadcasting in large regional centres from 1 January 1992, and progressively from translator sites in smaller communities as the equalisation program proceeds.

Media contacts:

Minister’s Office: Gary O ’Neill (06) 277 7200 Department: Graeme Barrow (06) 274 7856

Kim C Beazley, MP

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PRIME TO DELAY TV START IN REGIONAL VICTORIA

COMMONWEALTH

PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH

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ATTACHMENT

AMV (Riverina and North East Victoria TV Pty Ltd), part of the Prime regional television network in Approved Market D (Victoria), has delayed the starting date for it new services from 1 January 1992 to 5 March 1992 at the

following main transmitter sites:

BALLARAT (Lookout Hill)

BENDIGO (Mount Alexandra)

GOULBURN VALLEY (Mount Major, Shepparton)

LATROBE VALLEY (Mount Tassie)

Translator sites and new dates for the introduction of Prime Television at the following Victorian regional centres are:

BALLARAT

Casterton (Seeleys Hill), 30 June 1992.

Colac (Warrion Hill), 1 June 1992.

Horsham (Mount Arapiles), 1 May 1992.

Nhill (Mount Lawloit), 1 May 1992.

Portland (Mount Clay), 1 May 1992.

Warrnambool (Tower Hill), 1 April 1992.

Warrnambool (water tower, Liebig Street), 1 April 1992.

Western Victoria (Mount Dundas), 1 April 1992.

BENDIGO

Hopetoun (corner Austin/Garrard Sts), 30 June 1992.

Swan Hill (Goschen), 1 April 1992.

Balranald (water tower, Walker St), 30 June 1992.

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GOULBURN VALLEY

Alexandra (Burgess Road), 1 May 1992. .

Bonnie Boon (1.5 km NE of town), 1 June 1992.

Deniliquin (10 km SE of town), 1 June 1992.

Eildon (Wightmans Hill), 1 June 1992.

Jerilderie (6 km west of town), 1 June 1992.

Mansfield (The Paps, north peak), 1 June 1992.

Seymour (Meadows Hill), 1 June 1992.

Yea (Constitution Hill), 1 June 1992.

LATROBE VALLEY

Foster (North Foster, adjacent ATC site), 1 June 1992.

Lakes Entrance (Ocean View Pde), 1 June 1992.

Orbost (Mount Raymond), 1 June 1992.

Bairnsdale (Mount Taylor), 1 May 1992.

Churchill (Mills Trig), 30 June 1992.

Cann River (Donald Knob), 30 June 1992.

Mallacoota (1.5 km NW of Post Office), 30 June 1992.

Genoa (Maramingo Hill), 30 June 1992.

UPPER MURRAY

Kiewa (Hill 030), 30 June 1992.

Kiewa Valley (Big Hill), 30 March 1992.