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Tuesday, 23 August 1960

Mr GRIFFITHS (SHORTLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the PostmasterGeneral aware that the majority of television viewers in Newcastle and surrounding centres are unable to obtain satisfactory reception from Sydney studios? Will this poor reception continue, will it improve when a television station is erected at Newcastle or will it worsen? Is it proposed to build booster stations between Sydney and Newcastle? Has any examination been undertaken to ascertain whether the channels which have been reserved for Newcastle are likely to interfere with existing reception or reception in the future should any new television station come into existence in Sydney? Can the Minister give an assurance that the owners of television receivers in the area between Singleton and Hawkesbury River will receive programmes free from interference after country television stations have been established, or can the people expect to spend in total millions of pounds on receivers and licence fees to receive only second-rate reception?

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