16 December 2004
New radio services for Bathurst area
The Australian Broadcasting Authority has decided to make channel capacity available for new and improved radio services in the Bathurst area of New South Wales.
‘The ABA has made additional channels available to improve reception of commercial radio service 2BS Bathurst at Sofala, Burraga and Blayney and for an additional ABC service in Bathhurst City,’ said Lyn Maddock, Acting Chair.
The ABA has made channel capacity available on 90.1 MHz (Sofala), 88.1 MHz (Burraga) and 89.3 MHz (Blayney) for retransmission of the 2BS service.
This follows consideration of requests from the licensee of 2BS, Bathurst Broadcasters, to enable it to improve reception of its service in the Bathurst region. Bathurst Broadcasters identified these areas for the purpose of the Commercial Radio Blackspots Program.
The ABA has also made channel capacity available for a future national radio service in Bathurst City on 98.3 MHz. This proposal will provide Bathurst City with the full suite of ABC radio services, in line with the Government’s commitment to reserve channel capacity for the future provision of the full range of ABC radio services to communities or regional transmission areas with a population of 10, 000 people or more.
The above decisions are contained in the variation to the Bathurst radio licence area plan, released today. The variation to the licence area plan is available on the ABA website or by calling Freecall 1800 810 241
Media contact Donald Robertson, ABA Manager Media and PR on (02) 9334 7980.