[LINK] Labor would allow fourth TV network
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Tue Apr 20 09:55:47 EST 2004
>>Labor leader Mark Latham plans a radical shake-up of Australian
>>television with the introduction of a fourth commercial network if he
>>becomes prime minister.
This has always baffled me. In the 1960s, I grew up in a small town in
Indiana, around 55,000 people. We had two local tv stations, complete with
news staffs, broadcast facilities, local programming like kids tv with
cartoons, all that stuff. We we able to receive two or three more stations
from about 70 miles away in Indianapolis and also one from Bloomington
south of us. Some of that programming was duplicate from the national
networks, particularly in the evening, so you watched the channel with the
best reception. We didn't have a public broadcast station. But we had
access to 5 stations probably serving a population of no more than 250,000
total in the broadcast area. The population isn't much higher now, but I
don't know what the number of stations are there now. Cable TV has also
come a long way, but given the rural nature of the area, I doubt that it
has taken up the whole market.
Why can't Australia support another free to air network?
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
jwhit at melbpc.org.au -- http://member.melbpc.org.au/~jwhit/whitentr.htm
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