Minister for Communications sets the timetable for the changeover to digital TV
The Minister for Communications, Senator Stephen Conroy, has released the timetable for the switchover to digital television. Senator Conroy said that the plan is to close all analog TV transmitters by 31 December 2013.
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The Victorian region surrounding Mildura, which leads the nation with digital TV take-up, will lead with analog switch-off in the first half of 2010.
"The Digital Switchover Taskforce will be working with broadcasters, retailers, antenna installers and the wider Sunraysia community throughout 2009 to ensure information is available to assist people to join the digital TV revolution," Senator Conroy said.
Broken Hill in NSW and Mt Gambier, Riverland and Spencer Gulf in South Australia will turn off analog broadcasts in the second half on 2010 and the rest of regional Victoria in the first half of 2011. Regional Queensland, excluding remote western and northern areas, will switch-off analog in the second half of 2011. The major regional centres of NSW will switch off analog in 2012.
Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, Perth and Tasmania will switch-off analog in the first half of 2013. Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, remote western, central and eastern Australia will be digital-only by the end of 2013.
If this timetable holds, we can expect to see the last Channel 0 station close in 2012, and the last channel 5A station will finally be phased out in 2013.
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