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SBS switches on in Gloucester.



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SBS SWITCHES ON IN GLOUCESTER

Monday, October 01, 2001

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Senator John Tierney Liberal Senator for NSW

Bob Baldwin Liberal Candidate for Paterson

Gloucester will be able to pick up SBS television services now, as a result of an arrangement between ntl, the owners of the National Transmission Network, and SBS.

Most viewers should find they are able to receive the new services on their existing antennas. The transmission site for the Gloucester service is at Kiaora Lookout and residents will be able to pick up SBS on channel 30.

“The arrival of this additional transmission service in Gloucester, is one of ten being announced around Australia,” Senator John Tierney said.

“SBS provides a unique multilingual and multicultural broadcasting service that reflects the diverse nature of our society. With programs that inform, educate and entertain, it has become a very valuable resource for many Australians.”

SBS policy is to have half of its television programming in languages other than English. It currently draws on around 600 international and local program sources to broadcast in more than 60 languages other than English.

“People in Gloucester, particularly the elderly, rely on television as their main source of news and entertainment, so the roll out of SBS will provide residents with more choice,” Liberal Candidate for Paterson Bob Baldwin said.

“The switching on of SBS in Gloucester is significant for a regional area, which has been deprived of many services that residents in metropolitan areas have had for some time.

“Furthermore, soccer players and fans in Gloucester will finally have access to the channel that broadcasts the World Cup and various soccer leagues from around the world. I know how many soccer lovers there actually are in this part of the world.”

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