Adelaide community television station Channel 44 are concerned their looming switch off from broadcast to an online-only model will impact on emerging talent.
The Federal govt gave community broadcasters around Australia until December 31 to switch to online models as it takes back broadcast spectrum, but some stations including TVS in Sydney have already closed down.
Channel 44 started as ACE TV more than 20 years ago, morphed into Channel 31 and then became 44 with the advent of digital TV.
“It’s a sad decision,” Channel 44 general manager Lauren Hillman told ABC.
“It seems a very unfair decision because all of the people that get their start in community television, especially all of the volunteers, there won’t be that opportunity for them any more beyond 2016.”
Community TV has helped launch the careers of Rove McManus, Hamish & Andy, Waleed Aly and Nazeem Hussain.
Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has said previously, “These cuts to community radio funding and removing access to the broadcasting spectrum are mean and miserable decisions made by the Abbott Government that the Turnbull Government is recklessly following through on.”
Channel 44 has already launched its online portal but now has to make it financially viable.