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Strong support for Coalition's better regional radio initiative.

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Strong support for Coalition’s better regional radio initiative

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Senator Richard Alston today welcomed the strong support from the commercial radio industry for the Coalition’s $6.5 million program to extend the coverage of commercial radio in rural and remote areas.

To further improve commercial radio coverage in regional Australia, the Coalition will both provide and boost commercial radio reception to an estimated 142 additional communities.

The details of those areas which will benefit will be released tomorrow but the commercial radio industry has today strongly backed the Coalition’s initiative.

Under the heading "Better Radio for Regional Areas" the Federation of Australian Radio Broadcasters (FARB) said:

"The Commercial Radio industry welcomed the government’s announcement today of a radio blackspots program." (FARB, Media Release, 22/10/01)

Both FARB and the Coalition clearly recognise the crucial role that radio plays in providing a vital social, cultural and economic link for people living outside the capital cities:

"Importantly, they will gain a heightened sense of belonging to a regional community." (FARB, Media Release, 22/10/01)

The Coalition will continue to ensure that rural and remote communities receive expanded broadcasting coverage, including commercial radio.

Media Contact: Minister’s Office, Annabelle Herd, 0408 293 458

22 October 2001