FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
23rd January 2015
Retune your sets
On Friday the 30th January, Broome residents are being asked to retune their televisions or set top boxes in order to receive Goolarri Media’s suite of services. As part of the Federal Government’s restacking of television services Goolarri has moved its transmission to the Broadcast Australia site.
Goolarri Media has been broadcasting television since 1998 when it successfully bid in the open market place for the Open Narrowcast television license for Broome. The service provides Broome residents with local, relevant and insightful edutainment that has a positive and collective impact on the Broome community. According to Goolarri CEO, Jodie Bell, “GTV provides an important service by allowing the local community to see and experience images and stories of itself. This is certainly a powerful tool in the midst of the vast amount of globally generated content now available at the touch of a fingertip.”
The move to the BA site has also provided Goolarri with the opportunity to reassess their offering to the Broome community. An exciting move is Goolarri using their Nurlu channel to broadcast Indigenous Community Television (ICTV). Nelson Conboy the chairperson of ICTV is enthused about his organisation and Goolarri working together, “I hope that Broome viewers enjoy ICTV’s diverse television programming made by and for remote Indigenous communities around Australia,” he states.
Another useful addition for the Broome community is including Radio Goolarri 99.7fm in the VHF services. “Rather than needing a radio to hear our programs, you can just listen to Radio Goolarri on your television sets,” states Jodie.
As of Friday the 30th January Goolarri will broadcast on the following channels:
CH 40 : GTV CH 41 : Nurlu – Indigenous Community Television (ICTV)
CH 42 : GTVHD CH 43 : Goolarri Radio (99.7fm)
Since its inception Goolarri Television has never received operational funding and has solely relied upon advertising and production activities to maintain this service for the Broome community. According to Jodie, GTV is a vital service that, “Not only offers localism and relevancy to the Broome community but is also a gateway for tourists and visitors alike to Broome and the Kimberley region. It provides everyone with a sense of pride and place.”
Like the Community television sector, in the next year, Goolarri will also transition to the on-line environment in order to make its content available to the world. “Goolarri will continue to maintain its terrestrial service to accommodate households who don’t have on-line facilities because of affordability or access,” states Jodie.
In order to receive Goolarri’s services on your TV you will need to retune your set top boxes or television sets as of this Friday.
Media Contact Only:
For more information please contact Jodie Bell at Goolarri Media Enterprises on (08) 9195 5333.