The remote Mallee town of Murrayville will get a local TV news service for the first time with the move to digital TV in July.
The town’s digital TV coverage will be from a satellite, but there were concerns it would still carry only national networks and residents would still not be able to access their local news.
But the Member for Mallee, John Forrest, says he is pleased the Communications Minister has agreed to the new satellite service to carry local news if the networks agree.
“Murrayville has access to its television via satellite and sits there watching the news out of Darwin through Imparja, like other remote communities, but they’ve wanted the local news. They are part of the Mildura Rural City Council so that’s a reasonable request,” Mr Forrest said.