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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1827

Mr Bryant (WILLS, VICTORIA) asked the Postmaster-

General, upon notice:

(1)   What lines are leased permanently to television and radio stations for programme transmission between capital cities.

(2)   What rates are payable by each lessee.

(3)   Does the Australian Broadcasting Commission receive preferential rates in this system or does it hire line time from private lessees.

(4)   If the Australian Broadcasting Commission hires time from private lessees what sums have been paid and to whom were they paid in each case in the last two years.

(5)   What advantages accrue to the Australian Broadcasting Commission from the transmission of radio programmes from Sydney rather than by local production.

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

(1)   (a)-




(2)   The rates payable for the lease of these lines are matters for private negotiation between the Post Office and the parties concerned and it would not be proper for me to release publicly in the House, the information sought by the honourable member.

(3)   The Australian Broadcasting Commission does not receive preferential rates. The only line time it obtains from private lessees is on the television relay links, Sydney-Melbourne and Melbourne-Sydney which are leased by the Post Office to General Television Corporation Pty Ltd.

(4)   The charge is a matter of private negotiation between the Commission and General Television Corporation Pty Ltd.

(5)   Because of the complex nature of the Commission's networking operations it is often necessary to replay broadcasts from Sydney rather than from other centres. This simplifies the presentation of its programmes thereby decreasing the possibility of human and mechanical error and also provides certain economies of manpower. The practice however has no effect upon local productions; many of the programmes transmitted in this way from Sydney are in fact produced in other States and sent on tape to Sydney for national transmission.

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