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SBS TV service for Charters Towers.



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SENATOR RON BOSWELL PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT AND REGIONAL SERVICES LEADER OF THE NATIONAL PARTY IN THE SENATE

SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND 5 April 2003 B2003/26

SBS TV service for Charters Towers M E D I A

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Residents of Charters Towers will have access to SBS television for the first time under an extension of broadcast services announced by National Party Senate Leader Ron Boswell in Charters Towers today.

Charters Towers joins 20 other regional transmission areas that will benefit from the extension of SBS television funded by the Federal Coalition Government.

“This announcement fulfils an election commitment by the Government to provide SBS TV to towns of 5,000 people or more throughout Australia,” Senator Boswell said.

The SBS service is due to start in Charters Towers on 25 January 2004 on channel 62, giving the region access to SBS multicultural programming for the first time. Test broadcasts will begin before the start-up date.

“I’m delighted that we have been able to deliver on this commitment to provide SBS to our area - a commitment which is part of our goal of ensuring SBS television reaches as many Australians as possible,” Senator Boswell said.

In the 2002 Federal Budget the Government announced the extension of SBS television to regional areas with populations of 5,000 to 10,000 people.

This initiative builds on $73.7 million in support from the Government’s Television Fund, which financed the extension of SBS television to 1.2 million Australians in areas with populations of more than 10,000 people.

SBS is a free-to-air national multicultural and multilingual broadcaster. Unique in the world, its main function is to provide multilingual and multicultural radio and television services.

SBS aims to inform, educate and entertain all Australians, reflecting the diversity of Australia’s multicultural society through its wide range of programs.

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