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Tuesday, 13 November 1973
Page: 1713

Senator LAUCKE - I ask the Minister for the Media what are the prospects for initial runs of television transmissions in colour being made by

July of next year as has been sought by the Federation of Australian Commercial Television Stations?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - As I understand the position, this is purely a matter for the Australian Broadcasting Control Board, which is an independent statutory body established by Parliament to oversee the operations and activities of commercial television stations and to make recommendations on the technical provisions applying to both national and commercial broadcasting stations. I did see a statement that a number of organisations had made representations to the Australian Broadcasting Control Board to commence colour transmission pattern tests as from July of next year. It is the intention of the Government, of course, to introduce the actual transmission of colour television from March 1975. The application has yet to receive the consideration of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board which doubtless will look into every aspect and make a report to me. When I am in a position to inform the honourable senator further I shall do so.

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