A New Era In Community Television

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A new era in community television

Date: 18/03/2004

Sydney's new community television licence holder is promising to explore and redefine the notion of community media, with a commitment to deliver quality, culturally-diverse programming for all sectors of the community.

The Australian Broadcasting Authority has today awarded Sydney's new permanent community licence, to be broadcast on UHF Channel 31, to Television Sydney (TVS) Limited.

TVS is a non-profit consortium of Educational Training Community Television (ETC TV) Limited and Sydney Local Information Community Educational Television Incorporated (SLICE TV). ETC TV is an umbrella group for educational institutions established by the University of Western Sydney and Metro Screen. SLICE TV is an umbrella group for Sydney community organisations, independent program producers and individuals.

The University's TVS representative, Associate Professor Kaye Shumack, says the new station will offer greater diversity in educational and community programming than has previously been available.

"TVS will become a forum for ideas and programs, produced by community groups or individuals who don't usually have access to TV broadcasting. We are committed to giving the community, education and training institutions and governments a greater say in what goes to air," Associate Professor Shumack says.

"We want to offer a range of informative news, current affairs and cultural programs to explore and relate the stories and issues that aren't currently being addressed by mainstream media.

"It's also an opportunity to showcase diversity, and demonstrate the way that media can represent different cultures, social justice issues and the arts.

"Audiences will also enjoy higher quality production values and editorial standards than many programs previously broadcast on community television in general."

Associate Professor Shumack says the new broadcaster will also provide valuable industry training.

"Because of the involvement of educational providers like UWS and Metro Screen, and advances in high-quality, affordable digital recording and editing equipment, TVS will provide hands-on, practical experience for future television technicians, program producers, journalists and filmmakers," she says.

"As part of the programming, we would envisage UWS journalism students compiling a weekly current affairs program. Other community groups with interests in news, current affairs and other programming formats are also invited to register their interest."

All locally produced community TV programs that have previously been broadcasting on Channel 31 with temporary licence-holder CTS are now invited to apply to continue broadcasts with the new TVS service.

Under the ABA's regulations, all previous community broadcasts by CTS on Channel 31 (Sydney) will cease tomorrow. The new TVS community service is expected to begin broadcasts in 2005.


Senior Media Officer
Angela McIntyre
02 9852 5822, 0419 244 595


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