Some local news bulletins in regional Australia could disappear under a proposal to rectify digital black spots, according to The Australian.
Senator Stephen Conroy presented a plan to regional TV broadcasters last week that would see a new state-based satellite TV service from each regional broadcaster.
It would replace the existing signal for residents who cannot receive terrestrial digital TV services once digital free-to-air TV is turned on.
The proposal would see news headlines and footage supplied from an archive of on-demand information by broadcasters.
But regional broadcasters indicated it could impact on businesses who wanted to advertise locally.
The switch to digital is to be completed by 2013 with the first area, Mildura, set for the first half of 2010.
Source: The Australian