I’m not sure how many Canberrans care about radio, but I quite enjoy listening to the wireless. This is especially the case during the footy and cricket seasons where a bloke can go about his business in the shed with just the dulcit tones of his favourite sportscaster for company.
So, the advent of digital radio has sparked my interest. Having the freedom to choose which games of football that I can listen to, for example, is cause for great excitement.
Less exciting is the fact that current legislation means it is impossible for Canberra to receive digital radio. Yes, that’s right, by law, only Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth are currently able to receive digital radio.
Recent contact with ABC 666 Canberra suggests that local testing could begin before the end of this year, although this is yet to gain sign off.
In the meantime their advice, and that of the digital radio website, is to write a letter to your local Federal MP. If you can be bothered, I urge you to take your pick from Bob McMullan (northside, roughly speaking) and Annette Ellis (southside) and get writing.