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Beyond the expected

SBS Radio to beef up in Canberra

By johnboy 16 October 2006 12

The Minister for Communications, Senator Helen Coonan, has announced an expansiobn of SBS’s radio services here in Canberra.

Does this mean 2XX will finally be able to get out of the ethnic broadcasting business?

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Winston Smith 2:00 pm 17 Oct 06

So you are talking about local content then?

johnboy 1:56 pm 17 Oct 06

you’re joking right?

There’s bugger all local radio aside from the ABC and the grannies on 2CC.

Winston Smith 1:50 pm 17 Oct 06

But the broadcasting of multicultural content is most likely part of their licensing agreement anyway.

And playing the devils advocate, what role does 2XX fill that is not already covered by other broadcasting outlets?

johnboy 1:22 pm 17 Oct 06

I’m saying that if they ever want an audience they need to be intelligible to the overwhelming majority of the community.

And now SBS is going to be filling the ethnic broadcasting role.

Winston Smith 12:56 pm 17 Oct 06

Are you say that one of Canberra’s main community broadcaster should only service a part of their community?

johnboy 12:51 pm 17 Oct 06

not if you can’t speak rumanian.

Winston Smith 12:47 pm 17 Oct 06

Other cities have much larger audience base.

Better to have some one talking intelligently in Romanian, than total dribble in English…

johnboy 12:37 pm 17 Oct 06

only if you speak rumanian

otherwise it makes it impossible to listen to casually.

other cities have community radio that isn’t totally unintelligible half the time.

Winston Smith 12:34 pm 17 Oct 06

Community broadcasting licences are defined by the broadcaster servicing the largest base, including the ethic community. So, chances are that it is part of their community broadcasting licence that they broadcast ethic content. Or rather they have to service the multicultural listeners as well there other listeners.

Plus it makes up a large amount of content and it is good to have a local independent multicultural voice.

Absent Diane 3:17 pm 16 Oct 06

nah everyone announces there tests smackbang. Get with the program.

Smackbang 3:11 pm 16 Oct 06

Presumably she was announcing the commencement of the official broadcasting. So not “late”. Would be somewhat strange to issue a press release announcing the test broadcasts.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 2:37 pm 16 Oct 06

Sen. Coonan is a tad late…sure they officially started broadcasting on 1440AM today (NewsRadio’s old frequency), but they have been running test broadcasts on that frequency for the last month or so. There was speculation that they were preparing a digital radio service due to some of the test tones being used, but it’s just good old analogue.

Around lunchtime, SBS had an outside broadcast going near the Canberra Times Fountain.

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