Australia Unveils Digital Radio Plan
October 14, 2005 at 6:48 AM (PT)
AUSTRALIA has a new plan to bring digital radio service to the nation, and the plan released by Communications Minister HELEN COONAN would get digital stations rolling in the capital cities within 2 to 3 years but would leave the bush without digital radio for at least six years while the system is tested.
The plan to roll out the system in stages got a negative reaction from the opposition LABOR PARTY, which is complaining that the bush would be left with antiquated radio service while cities get advanced service. Under the plan, analog stations could apply for digital stations and could either duplicate existing programming or provide new programming on the new channels, but stations would not be forced to apply for the digital services.