The launch of a new community television programme for Sydney’s Community Television station, TVS, drew an appeal to Prime Minister Rudd for digitial simulcasting.
It follows no clarity on the issue in last week’s Federal Budget, despite earlier promises it would not “be left behind.”
Speaking at the launch of Histrionics, TVS Chief Executive Laurie Patton called on the Government to immediately find $3 million so that Community Television can go digital before the end of the year.
“While all the other free-to-airs in Sydney are broadcasting in both analogue and digital – and will continue to do so until the end of 2013 – TVS remains marooned on analogue, along with our interstate Community TV cousins,” he said.
“Every time another household does as the Government asks and buys a new digital TV or a digital set top box they potentially lose the ability to watch TVS.”
Histrionics is a seven-part TV series with quiz questions based on the NSW History syllabus. The show is hosted by actor Matt Rossner, with Lex Marinos (Kingswood Country, TheatreSports) returning to television as its resident Judge.
Histrionics will premiere on TVS on Thursday 21 May at 7:00pm, and will be repeated each Friday at 2:00pm, Sunday at 5:00pm, and Tuesday at 4:30pm.