Timeline of Australian radio

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">KIIS 101.1</span> Radio station in Melbourne, Australia

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Television in Australia</span> Overview of television in Australia

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">ABC Radio Perth</span> Radio station in Perth, Western Australia

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">AMV (TV station)</span> Television station in Regional Victoria

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Timeline of Australian television</span>

This timeline of Australian television lists important station launches, programs, major television events, and technological advancements that have significantly changed the forms of broadcasting available to viewers of television in Australia. The history of television in Australia can be traced back to an announcement from the Menzies' government concerning plans for television services in Sydney and Melbourne.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">History of ABC Radio (Australia)</span> Radio output from Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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The history of broadcasting in Australia has been shaped for over a century by the problem of communication across long distances, coupled with a strong base in a wealthy society with a deep taste for aural communications in a silent landscape. Australia developed its own system, through its own engineers, manufacturers, retailers, newspapers, entertainment services, and news agencies. The government set up the first radio system, and business interests marginalized the hobbyists and amateurs. The Labor Party was especially interested in radio because it allowed them to bypass the newspapers, which were mostly controlled by the opposition. Both parties agreed on the need for a national system, and in 1932 set up the Australian Broadcasting Commission, as a government agency that was largely separate from political interference.



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