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2CN's broadcasting range to be extended

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The Minister for Communications, Mr Neil Brown, announced today

a major alteration in radio services in Canberra designed to

extend the broadcasting range of the popular ABC station, 2CN.

"2CN's frequency is to be altered during this financial year

from 1440 KHz to 666 KHz," Mr Brown said.

"This should result in a noticeable improvement in reception

of 2CN because it is a characteristic of AM radio that lower

frequencies cover larger areas."

Mr Brown, who was speaking at a meeting of the ACT Division of

the Liberal Party, said that when 2CN first went to air 30 years

ago Canberra was little more than a country town and the station

was designed to complement the service provided by 2CY.

For this reason the new station was given less powerful trans­

mission facilities than would be the case today. However with

Canberra's growth over the years it was necessary to upgrade its

broadcast range to ensure Canberra residents and people in .

surrounding areas could listen to 2CN.

The Minister noted that since 1980 2CN had attracted between

about 24% and 27% of the Canberra radio audience.

This high percentage meant that among Radio 1 stations regularly

surveyed in Australia, 2CN held the largest audience share.

Mr Brown said the change in frequency was an interim measure to

overcome 2CN1s low power difficulties and he hoped a permanent

solution could be found in continuing discussions between his

Department, Telecom and the ABC.

Press Release

No. 82/79 Date 25 October 1982

Minister for Communications The Hon. N.A. Brown, Q.C., M.P.


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Tuggeranong Reception Difficulties

The Minister told the meeting that a Department of Communications

engineering survey team was expected to investigate the extent of

television reception difficulties in some parts of the Tuggeranong

Valley before the end of 1982.

However he pointed out that at present there were no plans to

establish additional television translators to overcome these

problems. ·

One way the community could assist itself would be in investigat­

ing th.e feasibility of installing a Community Television Aerial

System, part of the recently announced Self-help Television

Reception Scheme.

"This could prove to be the best means of overcoming general

television difficulties caused by the hilly terrain," Mr Brown


Information on the Scheme was available from his: Department, he

added. '

25 October 1982