West TV wins Perth television licence

The communications authority has issued a community television trial licence for Perth to West TV, which will provide an analog television service to be known as New Vision 31.


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This is excellent news, however we must take into consideration, are these new license holders aware there are no plans for digital transition nor funding from the federal government to fund equipment upgrades to digital. What will they do after two years of operation find that they will have to shutdown their services because there is no digital spectrum available for its continuance. An interesting dilemma indeed, but we must wait and see what will all transpire with this industry. Stay tuned for more community television in crises.

Just a quick note to ponder. Why is it that when these new community television operators gain a license, they call their stations anything but for the city they represent. For instance with this station: New Vision 31. What's wrong with Perth Community Television or they don't want to be associated with previous owners. Then you have Brisbane's station, now called Queensland Community Television Channel (QCTV) as if the whole of Queensland can pick up their signal, or are they representative of the entire state. What's wrong with using these catching and non-city associated names in a station's slogan instead of in their identification? The Adelaide CTV station uses a slogan "Real Community Television", which identifies itself to be different to whatever is considered unreal CTV. The plot is being lost by un-locally focused operators. If you're going to represent a city and its public then ID your station to reflect that point and stop trying to be quite. A slogan can go just as far as the amount of involvement, participation and representation you provide within your community and not the commercial terms or image you try to present. Stay tuned for more CTV in Crises.

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