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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 912

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES)

My question is directed to the Acting PostmasterGeneral. When the licence rights and assets of a commercial television licensee are acquired as the result of a general takeover of one company by another, as might occur with both a Melbourne and a Brisbane station in the event of a takeover of Ansett Transport Industries Ltd by Thomas Nationwide Transport Ltd, what is the position insofar as the continuity of the television licence is concerned? Is the licence automatically revoked and fresh applications called for or does the licence automatically issue to the takeover company? If the licence is automatically issued to the takeover company, will the Government give an undertaking that the employment of those at present in the employ of the television stations will be preserved?

Senator COTTON - Having read the newspapers last week and noted that people were talking about television stations in the context of the present airline problem, I directed - wearing my other hat - the Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board to make a thorough study of this matter and to make a report to me and a recommendation to the Government. When that comes to hand I will be better able to help the honourable senator.

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