Community television includes free to air services, prospective cable operators and potentially others delivered by satellite, MDS, or new technologies yet to be developed. It provides access and equity to the television medium, enabling the Australian community to participate, learn, create and most importantly, communicate in audio visual media. After one year of operation, community television is producing more Australian content than any other television service per week. It allows the development of new and innovative television ideas to become a valuable product and provides a place to develop skills and talent.
FACTS AND FIGURES:
Community Television in itŐs first year of operation:
WHERE IS IT:
Five stations have been on air for one year. Within this time they have developed rapidly despite limited resources and infrastructure.
WHAT IS IT:
Community television operates in accordance with community broadcasting objects and codes of practice. It is similar to community radio but utilises the television medium.
WHAT IT OFFERS:
Community television is creating new and innovative ways of providing a service to a viewing audience that is looking for something different. It benefits the Australian community, government, industry, business, and the education sector. Community televisionŐs key features are:
It is estimated that one million viewers watch community television sometime each week. Whilst catering for a diverse range of viewing tastes, community television;
Training Education & Employment:
Community televisionŐs hands-on experience offers unique training, employment and educational opportunities. In particular;
Already, significant numbers of CTVvolunteers have moved into further education and employment within the media, and related industries.
CTV offers the Australian community a new form of cultural expression, programming schedules feature;
Innovation and Culture:
Community television offers a unique environment for the development of innovative programming by;
Whilst community television is recognised as a cultural service in the Federal GovernmentŐs policy, Creative Nation, it has no source of government funding. It is totally self funded through sponsorship announcements and sale of airtime.
Community television contributes over 20% of it's income, to the Federal.
The biggest obstacles to the effective development of CTV at present are:
Sixth Channel Inquiry
The battle for CTV has been a lengthy one but finally CTV has been able to broadcast on on a temporary basis on the ŇSixth ChannelÓ. However the imminent review into the Sixth Channel means CTV does not have any security for itŐs future. Your support is needed to keep the Sixth Channel available for community access.
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