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Tuesday, 22 October 1974
Page: 1833

Senator POYSER (VICTORIA) -Has the attention of the Minister for the Media been drawn to a Press report in this morning's 'Daily Telegraph' which states that colour television transmission hours are certain to be extended because of the runaway success of its weekend debut. Is there any intention to extend the present hours of transmission?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I did see this morning's report in the Sydney 'Daily Telegraph', and I must say frankly that the report makes assumptions which I believe are quite dubious. It is by no means certain that colour television transmission hours are to be extended before 1 March 1975 beyond the hours that are already approved by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board. The matter is completely the responsibility of the Control Board which indicated in a circular to television stations as long ago as last May that the rules for colour television transmission hours would be kept under continuous review. The Board has since indicated its approval of some hours of colour transmission tests leading up to the actual C day on 1 March next year. Doubtless these arrangements can be reviewed from time to time, but it is by no means certain that they will in fact change. Certainly I see no prospect of bringing the introduction of full colour transmissions forward to a point earlier than 1 March, which was the date set by the previous Government as long ago as 1972 and adhered to by this Government. The Board has agreed to the transmission of some colour television programs, particularly in the interests of viewers who are purchasing sets, to ensure that when the purchaser receives his set he can be confident that it has been tested for reception on all channels and not just one or two channels that happen to be transmitting at the time.

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