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GRAM1 OF .LICENCES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION STATIONS IN SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE

STATEMENT BY THE POSTMASTER-GENERAL.

On t h e 8t h M arch, 1962, I announced t h a t t h e Government h ad

i n v i t e d a p p l i c a t i o n s f o r th e g r a n t o f a l i c e n c e f o r a t h i r d com m ercial

t e l e v i s i o n s t a t i o n i n Sydney, M elbourne, B ris b a n e and A d e la id e , and

f o r a seco n d com m ercial s t a t i o n i n P e r t h .

A t o t a l o f t h i r t y a p p l i c a t i o n s w ere r e c e iv e d f o r th e

li c e n c e s a s fo llo w s % - . ' · .

Sydney — 9 a p p l i c a t i o n s

M elboum e - 6 a p p l i c a t i o n s

B ris b a n e ' - 4 a p p l i c a t i o n s

A d e la id e ·* 6 a p p l i c a t i o n s

P e r th — 5 a p p l i c a t i o n s

P u rs u a n t t o th e p r o v is io n s o f th e B ro a d c a s tin g and T e l e v is io n A ct 19 4 2 -

I 96O, th e a p p l i c a t i o n s w ere r e f e r r e d to t h e A u s t r a l i a n B ro a d c a s tin g

C o n tro l B oard f o r p u b lic in q u i r y and r e p o r t to me. The B oard s u b s e q u e n tly

co n d u c te d i n q u i r i e s i n t o th e a p p l i c a t i o n s r e c e iv e d i n r e s p e c t o f Sydney

and M elbourne and h a s s u b m itte d to me i t s r e p o r t and recom m endations,

th e re o n and t h i s I now l a y on th e t a b l e o f th e H ouse. I m ight h e r e s a y

t h a t b e c a u se o f i t s com mitments i n r e s p e c t o f o t h e r i n q u i r i e s r e l a t i n g

to th e g r a n t o f l i c e n c e s i n c o u n try a r e a s , th e B oard h as n o t y e t been

a b le t o d e a l w ith t h e re m a in in g c a p i t a l c i t i e s .

F o llo w in g c o n s id e r a tio n o f th e B o a rd 's r e p o r t , th e

Government h a s a u t h o r i s e d me t o g r a n t t h e li c e n c e s a s fo llo w s s -

F o r t h e Sydney a r e a

U n ite d T e l e c a s t e r s Sydney L td . '

F o r t h e M elbourne a r e a

A ustaram a T e l e v is io n P ty . L td .

The c o n s t i t u t i o n o f th e s e co m p an ies, a s w e ll a s th o s e o f th e o th e r

a p p l i c a n t s , i s s e t o u t i n t h e B o a rd 's r e p o r t . .

The l i c e n c e s w i l l n o t be g r a n te d u n t i l I am s a t i s f i e d a s to

th e d i r e c t o r s and s h a re h o ld in g s o f th e two com panies and a s t o t h e i r

co m p lian c e w ith t h e p r o v is io n s o f th e A c t. As p ro v id e d i n th e A c t,

th e l i c e n c e s w i l l be g r a n te d f o r an i n i t i a l p e r io d o f f i v e y e a r s ,

. I t i s p e rh a p s o p p o rtu n e t h a t I s h o u ld s a y t h a t t h e B oard h a s

now alm o st co m p lete d i t s i n q u i r i e s i n t o a p p l i c a t i o n s f o r li c e n c e s i n

t h i r t e e n c o u n try a r e a s and w i l l subm it i t s recom m endations t o me as

soon a s p o s s i b l e . I t a n t i c i p a t e s b e in g i n a p o s i t i o n to commence

i n q u i r i e s i n t o t h e a p p l i c a t i o n s r e c e iv e d f o r t h e B ris b a n e a r e a about

mid-May to be fo llo w e d by th o s e f o r th e A d e la id e and P e r th a r e a .

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