A new amendment bill introduced in the Senate by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy will see, if it passes, all analogue broadcasts to be switched off – giving a firm timetable for the switchover to digital television. Australia previously had that all broadcasters must switch off their analogue systems either on March 31 or December 31 next year.
The new law will allow an extension of four years. Also, the new law will allow the Communications Minister the power to permit licence areas to convert to digital prior the end of all analogue broadcasts – with the allowance for a six-month period for the conversion to occur, allowing some areas to become digital-only before the cut-off date.
Now, we need to see if they would bring community television to digital as well – it would be nice to see community-based shows on television again.