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Wednesday, 10 June 1970

Mr Cohen asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that frequency modulation broadcasting is superior to amplitude modulation broadcasting.

(2)   Has he requested a report from (he Australian Broadcasting Control Board regarding the desirability of introducing frequency modulation.

(3)   If the report has been received, what are the Board's recommendations.

(4)   Can he say whether F.M. broadcasting has been a success in overseas countries.

(5)   Has he been requested to prepare plans for F.M. broadcasting in Australia.

(6)   If so, what are they.

(7)   Is the Australian Broadcasting Control Board conducting research to ascertain the most economical methods of providing F.M. broadcasting in Australia.

(8)   What is the estimated cost of installing F.M. transmitters at A.B.C. television sites to supply A.B.C. radio programmes.

Mr Hulme - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   to (8) As the honourable member will be aware, I announced on 7th May 1970, that there will be an inquiry by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board into frequency modulation broadcasting. From the terms of reference of the inquiry which I provided in my later statement on 14th May, the honourable member will appreciate that the type of matters which he has raised in this question will be encompassed by the inquiry. I have already indicated that I will in due course make the report of the Board available to honourable members and the public.

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