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Tuesday, 9 September 1958


Mr DAVIDSON - The Australian Broadcasting Control Board commenced its inquiry into the advisability or otherwise of the introduction of frequency modulation in Australia some considerable time ago, as the honorable member knows. According to verbal reports that I have had from members of the board, it appears that the response of the public, generally to the request of the board for evidence and submissions to it has been disappointing. After the board had heard a considerable amount of evidence, the Australian Federation of Commercial Broadcasting Stations requested the board to defer further consideration of the matter until after the federation's annual conference, to be held shortly. As it was felt that it was desirable to have the considered opinion of such a body as the federation before any determination was made, the Broadcasting Control Board agreed to that request, and therefore it has held up any further hearing of the matter. Consequently, I am afraid that it will be a little while before the board is in a. position to make its final report to me on the inquiries which it has been conducting.







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