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Thursday, 13 August 2009
Page: 4969

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 26 June 2009:

With reference to the motion on community television (TV) agreed to in the Senate on 24 June 2009, what are the Government’s plans to ensure that the Australia-wide National Indigenous TV service becomes available to homes in the five metropolitan TV markets in digital terrestrial mode at the same time as community TV starts to transmit in digital form in those markets.

Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

The Government funds the National Indigenous Television Service (NITV) to acquire, commission and produce Indigenous television content. It is up to NITV to negotiate access arrangements for this content in a commercial environment.

Funding of $48.5 million was provided to NITV over four years to 30 June 2010. The NITV pilot is to be reviewed during 2009. The extent to which NITV provided access to metropolitan viewers will be examined as part of that review, as will any decisions relating to the future operation, delivery format and distribution of the NITV service.