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    2018 - 07.03

    HOPEFUL: Bob Baldwin.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Better digital TV reception is a step closer for people who live in poor coverage areas such as Paterson and Vacy.

    Regional Broadcasting Australia Holdings has lodged a submission to the federal government which recommends how to improve the quality of digital TV reception in regional parts of Australia.

    Paterson MP Bob Baldwin welcomed the submission after he expressed disappointment earlier this week that RBA had missed its deadline by almost three weeks.

    The government wants to upgrade the TV tower at Vacy, which only broadcasts ABC and SBS, to allow it to broadcast commercial networks.

    It also wants to build three new towers to broadcast TV stations in the region.

    But plans could not go ahead until Regional Broadcasting Australia Holdings lodged its submission to the government.

    Mr Baldwin said this was because the broadcasters owned the infrastructure.

    The organisation was due to file its submission by March 4, but did not do so until Tuesday.

    Mr Baldwin said that poor TV reception was the biggest problem in his electorate.

    “I’ve made more speeches about digital television than anything else,” he said.

    “You go to Vacy and Paterson and it starts to get patchy.

    “People shouldn’t have to live like that.”

    The government will consider RBA’s submission before a final course of action is chosen.

    Since analogue service was switched off in Paterson in late 2012, many residents have struggled to get adequate reception for major free-to-air channels.

    While patchy analogue reception results in a snowy picture if the service is interrupted, digital channels drop out completely.

    Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Mr Baldwin had been a relentless advocate for improved TV reception.

    “Because of Bob’s great work I am very well aware of the frustrations poor TV reception causes for people in Paterson and I will continue to do everything I can to make sure that the broadcasters join with the government and demonstrate their commitment to address the coverage issues,” he said.

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