Opinion

Will regional TV be given the lifeline it needs?

By David Kennedy
Updated October 12 2021 - 11:39pm, first published 6:25pm
Subsidised satellite television could be part of the solution for the parts of the country trickiest to reach with a digital signal. Picture: Shutterstock

Free-to-air television is one of the things we take almost for granted. Since the equalisation reforms of the 1980s and early 1990s, regional Australia has enjoyed much the same television services as metropolitan Australia. The 2000s saw the introduction of digital TV, with the federal government pouring in funding to underwrite its rollout in the regions. The regional TV industry met that challenge and thrived.

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