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Additional time for community television broadcasters to complete online transition

The Turnbull  Government has announced community television broadcasters will have an  additional six months to transition their services to an online-only platform  with an extension to their broadcast licences.

In 2014, the  Government announced that it would withdraw the use of terrestrial spectrum by  CTV broadcasters and provide time and financial support, including up to  $450,000 over 2014-15 and 2015-16, to support this transition. This final  extension follows  an earlier 12 month extension from 31 December 2015 to 31  December 2016.

Following  consultation with CTV broadcasters operating terrestrial services, the  Government will allow those services that wish to take up the extension until  the end of June 2017 to transition their services to an online environment.

The extension,  along with the funding already provided, will ensure a smooth transition to  online-only delivery for community television broadcasters, their volunteers  and audience.

Media contacts:

Geraldine Mitchell | 0407 280 476 | Geraldine.Mitchell [at] communications.gov.au