Community television viewers are joining the campaign for government support to the sector, with TVS Sydney screening pleas directed at the Prime Minister.
The appeal was masterminded by the host and producer of television show Joy’s World, Joy Hruby OAM (pictured).
Twenty two viewers have recorded vox-pop appeals to the PM, asking for support for the inclusion of Community TV on digital television.
“All the other channels have been given digital spectrum except ours”, said Joy Hruby. “We just want TVS to be given the same opportunity as the others”.
TVS Chief Executive Laurie Patton added, “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 their Community channel”.
Community TV was pivotal to the careers of Rove McManus, Corrine Grant and Hamish and Andy.
The government has indicated community TV will not be left behind as Australians switch to digital by 2013, but so far it has given no clear path for the sector.
“CTV programming is targeted at audience groups that are under-served by the other free-to-air channels. The sector provides access for special interest groups, multicultural communities and social networks that are not well catered for by the mainstream media,” Mr Patton said.