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RTQ.s CHANNEL 7. ROCKHAMPTON .

‘ ' SATURDAY, 7TH SEPTEMBER, 1963

ADDRESS BY THE FOSTIiASTER-GINSRAL (THE HON. C.V. DAVIDSON. O.B.E. , Mp)

Thank you5 Mr. Dunn, and good e v e n in g , v ie w e rs. I t was w ith a

g r e a t d e a l o f p le a s u re t h a t I a cc e p ted th e k in d i n v i t a t i o n is s u e d to me by '

th e Management o f RTQ, Channel 7, to perform th e o f f i c i a l opening o f t h i s

th e t h i r d commercial t e l e v i s i o n s t a t i o n to he e s ta b lis h e d in Queensland

o u ts id e th e m e tro p o lita n a r e a . ,

My p le a s u re in ta k in g p a r t i n t h i s f u n c tio n i s tw o -fo ld . F i r s t ,

b ecause I could n o t f a i l to be im pressed by th e manner in w hich th e D ir e c to r s ,

Management and s t a f f have ta c k le d th e many problem s a s s o c ia te d w ith th e

e s ta b lis h m e n t o f a v e n tu re such a s t h i s and, sec o n d ly , because o f my lo n g

a s s o c ia ti o n w ith Reckhampton and many of th e c e n tr e s t h a t Channel 7 w ill s e r v e .

The opening o f t h i s s t a t i o n marks a m ile s to n e in t e l e v i s i o n

p ro g re s s i n A u s t r a lia , b e c a u s e 'i t i s th e l a s t e f t h i r t e e n commercial s t a t i e n s

to be e s ta b lis h e d under what we term s ta g e th r e e o f th e t e l e v i s i o n developm ent

programme. T his s ta g e p ro v id e s a ls o f o r th e e s ta b lis h m e n t e f t h i r t e e n

n a tio n a l s t a t i o n s c o - s ite d w ith th e commercial s t a t i o n s . F iv e o f th e se

n a tio n a l s t a t i o n s a re now o p era.tin g and s ix more, in c lu d in g one to ee p ro v id e d

a t Rockhampton, λ7Ϊ11 come On th e a i r p r o g r e s s iv e ly d u rin g th e rem ainder of

t h i s y e a r . The rem ain in g two - one e f them a t T ov/nsville - w i l l be opened

n e x t y e a r . - .

Upon com pletion o f t h i s programme, A u s tr a lia w i l l be serv ed by

fo rty tw o n a tio n a l and com m ercial s t a t i o n s , n in e o f which w i l l be in t h i s

S t a t e . But our p la n s do n o t s to p t h e r e . In th e n ex t s ta g e , tw enty n a tio n a l

and s ix te e n commercial s t a t i o n s a re to bo p ro v id e d i n c o u n try a r e a s . E ig h t

o f th e s e - f o u r n a tio n a l and fo u r commercial - w i l l be e s ta b lis h e d i n

Q ueensland. Our p r e s e n t p la n n in g c a l l s a ls o f o r th e lic e n c in g of an a d d itio n a l

com m ercial s t a t i o n in each m ainland c a p i t a l c i t y . T his w i l l b r in g th e

t o t a l number o f s t a t i o n s to e ig h ty th r e o , s e rv in g 91% o f th e A u s tr a lia n p e o p le .

I am s u re you w i l l ag ree t h a t t h i s i s n o t a bad r e c o rd , when we c o n sid e r

t h a t A u s t r a l i a 's f i r s t TV s t a t i o n was n o t opened u n t i l 1956· ·

The in d u s tr y i t s e l f has advanced trem endously to o . T e le v is io n

to d a y employs d i r e c t l y and i n d i r e c t l y many th o u san d s o f peo p le and h as th u s

had a trem endous im pact on th e n a t i o n 's economy. A u s tr a lia n te c h n ic a l and . .

m a n u fa ctu rin g s ta n d a rd s a rc among th e w o r ld 's b e s t and, i n t h i s r e s p e c t, i t . ·

i s - p l e a s i n g to know t h a t most of th e equipm ent f o r Channel 7 was s u p p lie d

and i n s t a l l e d by a w e ll known A u s tr a lia n m a n u fa c tu rin g f ir m . .

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Channel 7 h as made h i s t o r y b ecause i t i s the- f i r s t commercial

t e l e v i s i o n s t a t i o n in A u s tr a lia to sh are a t r a n s m i t t e r b u ild in g and a TV

tev;er w ith a n a tio n a l s t a t i o n . T his s h a rin g of f a c i l i t i e s w i l l n o t, of

c o u rs e , i n t e r f e r e w ith th e e x c lu s iv e o p e ra tio n o f e i t h e r s t a t i o n . When

th e n a tio n a l s t a t i o n cones on th e a i r in December, each w i l l o p e ra te

in d e p e n d e n tly of th e o th e r to p ro v id e th e d u al s e r v ic e which i s i m p lic it

in Government p o lic y . '

From to n ig h t onw ards, you w i l l be se rv e d by th e m ost pow erful

e n te rta in m e n t medium o v e r d e v is e d . At e a se in your own home, you w i l l Ve

a e lc t n w atch s p o r tin g e v e n ts , th e news o f th e w o rld , m ovies, e d u c a tio n a l

programmes, l i v e a r t i s t shows and o th e r f e a t u r e s . And t h i s "brings me to a

m ost im p o rta n t p o in ts th e f a c t t h a t TV programmes go in to th e home to co

sh ared by a l l members o f th e fa m ily p la c e s a g r e a t r e s p o n s i b i l i t y on

s t a t i o n managements. I an s u r e , how ever, .th a t th e management o f t h i s s t a t i o n

i s f u l l y a l i v e to t h i s r e s p o n s i b i l i t y and w i l l p la n i t s programmes

a c c o rd in g ly . I t i s my hope to o t h a t Channel 7 w i l l do i t s u tm ost to p re s e n t

a s much A u s tr a lia n c o n te n t i n t h e i r programmes as p o s s ib le , b ecuasc I am

su re you w i l l a g re e t h a t A u s tr a lia n t a l e n t , p r o p e r ly d ir e c te d , i s o f a h ig h

s ta n d a rd and ought to bo en co u rag ed .

I was p le a s e d to ho ar Mr. Dunn say t h a t em phasis w i l l "bo p la c e d

on community s e r v ic e . T h is i s an o u tlo o k t h a t g iv e s me a g r e a t d e a l o f

s a t i s f a c t i o n because a t e l e v i s i o n s t a t i o n ought to f i l l a v i t a l r o le i n

th e community t h a t s u p p o rts i t . I an p le a s e d to know t h a t t h i s p o lic y has

been fo llo w e d by th e company s in c e i t s in c e p tio n i n t h a t a v e ry h ig h

p e rc e n ta g e of lo c a l money h as gone in to th e p r o j e c t - much m ore, i n f a c t ,

th a n i s o b lig a to r y under th e term s o f th e l i c e n c e .

To th e s t a t i o n management I o f f e r my c o n g r a tu la tio n s on tho

r e a l i s a t i o n o f t h e i r p la n s to b rin g Channel 7 on th e a i r . I vtish th e

s t a t i o n w e ll and I am c o n fid e n t t h a t i t w i l l s e rv e you w e ll.

. I t g iv e s me g r e a t p le a s u re now to d e c la re s t a t i o n BTQ, Channel 7 >

a t Rockhampton, o f f i c i a l l y open.

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