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National television station - ABAV 1 - Upper Murray area

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Statement "by the Postmaster-General • (Hon. Alan S. Holme, M.P.)

The National Television Station to serve the Upper Murray area of

New South Wales and Victoria - ABAV, Channel 1 - will he brought into operation

at 4·45 Ρ·Ï„Î·. on Tuesday, December 15· . '

Announcing this today, the Postmaster-rGeneral, Hr. Alan Hulme, said

that he had invited the Minister for National Development and Federal Member.for

Farrer, the Hon. David Fairbairn, to officially open the Station at 8,20 p.m·

on that date. - ·

The Minister said that ABAV1 would transmit from Mt. Barandudah

near Yackandandah and was at an elevation of 2,540 feet. · It was not only co-sited

with the Commercial Station - AMV4 - but would share the transmitter building

and the 5 0 0 ft. mast. ·

The Mt. Barandudah stations were the second in Australia to combine

their stations' transmitting equipment in a single building and were the fourth to

share a mast to accommodate their transmitting aerials. '

The two stations would use the National Station building and mast·.

The two sets of transmitting equipment and aerials would be maintained by Post

Office personnel.

Mr. Hulme made it clear that both’stations would transmit individual

programmes. ' ■

ΑΒΑVI would have a power output of 100 kilowatts of vision and 20

kilowatts of sound. It would take its programmes on relay by microwave link

from the parent National Station at Melbourne, ABV Channel 2.

The Minister said that ABAV1 would be the 14th National Television

station to be established outside the metropolitan areas in a programme

providing for 33 stations in country areas throughout the Commonwealth.

The total cost of establishing the station was £430,000, Mr. Hulme

said. The transmitter equipment was manufactured in the United Kingdom and

supplied through a well known Australian manufacturer of radio and television

equipment. ' . . ·

CANBERRA & BRISBANE : 26.11,64 AM1 · ' ’ "

Issued by J.W. Rawlinson .

with the compliments of '

the Postmaster-General . (Hon. Alan S. Hulme, M.P.)