June 30 means the end of 23 years of free-to-air Community TV
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June 30 means the end of 23 years of free-to-air Community TV

C31 Melbourne and Geelong have been fighting for continued access after June 30 arguing the deadlines imposed by the Liberal Government have not given it sufficient time to build alternative revenue streams from its online platforms.

C31 General Manager Matthew Field said, “It is unfortunate that the Minister is so eager to kick us off air, given the fact that there is no planned use for the spectrum we currently occupy, and also given our genuine efforts to find a solution that would not stand in the way of more efficient spectrum use in the future”.

Field said the decision was a blow to media diversity and aspiring screen practitioners, however plans to continue the online transition are in play.

“The losers are communities underrepresented in mainstream media, young aspiring screen practitioners and audiences who value a free to air channel committed to airing 100% original Australian content. It is an extraordinary decision in the context of the explosion of shopping and racing channels since the advent of digital TV”.