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SBS television comes to Queenstown and Zeehan.

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SBS Television Comes To Queenstown And Zeehan

Thursday, 8 June 2006

Just in time for World Cup Soccer

Residents in Queenstown and Zeehan will receive SBS analogue television broadcasts from today, Thursday, 8 June 2006, Senator Guy Barnett announced.

“The Australian Government has provided funding to extend the SBS analogue service to Queenstown and Zeehan. The service will be transmitted on UHF Channel 53,” Senator Barnett said.

“This is great news, with the World Cup in Germany this month, and being televised extensively on SBS Television,” Senator Barnett said.

He said both he and the West Coast Council had been lobbying the Australian Government for the service for a number of years and he was thrilled that Queenstown and Zeehan would receive the SBS TV option.

“The extension will provide residents in Queenstown and Zeehan with access to the world’s only multilingual and multicultural public broadcaster. Its programs celebrate Australia’s diversity with the best world television and innovative local programs,” he said.

“Residents may be aware that SBS has started test transmissions in the lead-up to its official commencement date,” he said.

“This extension is being completed as part of the Government’s program to extend the SBS analogue television service to all transmission areas with a population of 3000 or more, as announced on 30 June 2005,” he said.

The initiative builds on other programs that previously extended the SBS analogue television service to regional transmission areas with a population of 5000 or more. As a result, SBS will have more than doubled the number of analogue services it transmits from 121 services in early 2000 to 255 services in mid 2006 when the program is due to be completed.

“An estimated 130 000 people across the country, with the exception of the Australian Capital Territory, will benefit from the 22 extensions involved in the latest rollout program,” Senator Barnett said.

“This continues the Government’s commitment to improve access in regional and rural Australia to national broadcaster services,” he said.

SBS television broadcasts in more than 60 languages and is watched by more than seven million Australians each week. SBS estimates that its analogue television service is currently accessible to 95 per cent of the Australian population.


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