Analogue Switch Off Bill introduced

The Minister for Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy has announced the introduction to Parliament of a Bill to enable the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting in Australia.
The Bill named, ‘The Broadcasting Legislation (Digital television Switchover) Bill 2008’ is designed to ensure that a phased approach to analogue switch off is completed by the end of 2013.
The Minister also announced a contract for Newspoll to produce a quarterly report on regional switchover trends, digital conversion rates, intent to convert and public feedback to better help retailers and antenna installers.
A technical survey to help assist with the special digital TV reception issues for some flats, apartments and townhouses is also underway. In all 600 sites across the nation will be surveyed to provide estimates of the cost and the man hours needed to rectify any potential reception problems.
Item added: 30th September 2008