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Digital Radio Start-Up Day - Hobart

Helen Henry, 1st April 2019

Community radio services in Hobart are now a step closer to being available on DAB+ Digital Radio.

This follows the declaration by the Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA) of 1 April 2019 as the formal digital radio start-up day for Hobart.

As from this date, commercial radio services are available in Hobart on DAB+ digital radio, in addition to ABC and SBS services which are already on air.

“The declaration of a formal start-up day for digital radio services in Hobart is exciting news for community radio. Eligible community stations are now a step closer to commencing their digital services,” said Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) CEO Jon Bisset.

The CBAA is working closely with community radio stations in Hobart finalising arrangements in preparation for the introduction of their services. 

Community radio services will then sit alongside the ABC, SBS and commercial broadcasters on DAB+, adding significantly to the depth and diversity of services available on free-to-air digital radio.

Hobart is one of three new cities where digital radio is currently being introduced, with Darwin due to commence within weeks and Canberra expected in July. 

Listeners can expect to hear a diverse mix of content, already present on existing digital radio services across Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.

For more information on the community digital radio regional rollout, please contact Rowena McGeoch at the CBAA on [email protected].


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