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Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Release of Digital Radio Report

8 July 2015

The Government today released a report, prepared by the Department of Communications, on digital radio services in Australia.

The Digital Radio Report recommends the establishment of a Digital Radio Planning Committee for Regional Australia, to be chaired by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, to focus on the rollout of digital radio to regional areas where it is economically feasible to do so.

The Government expects that the Planning Committee would give priority to the licensing of permanent digital radio services in Canberra and Darwin, where trials have been underway since 2010, before planning the rollout in new areas of Australia.

The report also recommended that the Government should provide a simpler, more flexible process for planning and licensing of digital radio in regional Australia. The Planning Committee may provide an appropriate forum to develop proposals to simplify the regulatory framework.

The report noted that there has been slow but steady growth in the take up of digital radio services in the mainland state capital cities, with listenership reaching almost 25 per cent in those locations. The report found that digital radio will continue as a supplementary, rather than a replacement, technology in at least the short to medium term.

The report is available at: https://communications.gov.au/publications/digital-radio-report

Media contact:
David Bold: Office of Malcolm Turnbull MP, 0427 784 451

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