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POSTMASTER GENERAL NEWS COP?" ' "

(P.M.G. 26/53)

' THIRD COMMERCIAL TELEVISION LICENCE “ SYDNEY AND Iffij^URME “ ' “ “

• STATEMENT BY THE POSTMASTER-GENERAL

" The Postmaster-General (Mr. Davidson) announced today that the

Government had considered the Australian Broadcasting Control Board's report

and recommendations for the grant of a third commercial television licence in

Sydney and Melbourne and had authorised him to grant the licences to the

following applicants s~

SYDNEY - United Telecasters Sydney Ltd.

MELBOURNE - Austarama Television Pty. Ltd.

The Minister said that the con&itution of the successful companies,

as well as those of other applicants, v/as set out in the Board's report, which

he proposed to table in the House of Representatives on Tuesday next. He added

that there were nine applications for the Sydney licence and six for the ·

Melbourne licence. ·

Applications for the third licence in each city were invited in March,

1962, and were subsequently the subject of public inquiries by the Board, as

provided in the Broadcasting and Television Act. .

(The principal shareholders in United Telecasters Sydney1 Ltd. are

Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd., the Colonial Sugar Refining Co,,

Email Ltd,, the Bank of New South Wales, the National Road and Motorists

Assn (NSW) and J.C.Williamson Theatres Ltd.

Austarama Television Pty, Ltd, is a wholly owned subsidiary of

Ansett Transport Industries Ltd.)

CANBERRA s 5th April AM

Issued by J.W.Rawlinson with the compliments of The Postmaster-General (Hon,C.W.Davidson, O.B.E., M.P.)