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WEST COAST NEWS

NEW BROADCASTING

STATION

Modern Installation For

Queenstown

IMMEDIATE ERECTION

A further «tcp in the-removal of the isolation from which the West Coast has suffered is to be taken immediately with the erection at Queenstown of a "B" class broad-

casting station, which will bo . equipped with tho most modern plant in Tasmania. A licence for

the new station was granted last ' week, and it is expected that lt will be on the air before the end of De-

cember.

Queenstown residents have been at a disadvantage through inability to ob- tain really satisfactory reception at all times without interference, and thc new station should be a. boon to listen- ers of that area, especially as it ls intended to provide for tho entertain- ment and special needs of the district It should be of national service, as it will provide contact with other ports of the State In cuse o£ any Interruption of the existing means of communica- tion. The plant will operate on 100 watts, which will enable it to serve a wide area. With existing "B" class stations In Hobart, Launceston, Ulver- stone, and Burnie, all parts of the State aro sorved oxcept tho West, and the Queenstown station will provide tho

missing link.

Tho venture is being undertaken by Wills and Co. Pty. Ltd., of Launceston, In conjunction with Stromberg Carlson Aust. Ltd., and the company operating tho station will bo ktiown as West Coast Broadcasters Pty. Ltd. The flt st two directors are Messrs. N. A. Findlay, re- presenting Wills and Co., and L. P. B. Bean, representing tho Stromberg Carlson Co., and the secretary ls Mr. A? E.- Guirott, accountant, of Launceston.

Mr. W. C. F. Hill, of Melbourne, executive officer of the Stromberg Carl- son Co., is in Launceston making Anal arrangements for the establishment ot the station. Ho said yesterday that the construction of the plant was being put In hand at once. Most vt it was being manufactured in tho Stromberg Carlson

factory.

WILL STIMULATE BUSINESS.

Wills and Co. were the pioneers of broadcasting in Tasmania. They erect- ed the first.transmitter In the State. It was known as 7BN, and was installed in Launceston in 1923. In 192S the same Arm developed the broadcasting service by the provision of station 7LA.

Mr. Findlay said the matter was viewed from a Tasmanian angle. The Queenstown people would be better able to advertise the advantages ot the West Coast from a tourist and business point of view, and the station would stimu- late business with Hobai t and Launces- ton. Queenstown would be able tc speak for itself. In addition to catering tor tho needs of the district, the sta- tion would on occasions be linked with other "B" class stations In the State fot popular sessions, and would at tlmeE take rebroadcasts from the Mainland. A news service also would be provided The managing director of the Stromberg Carlson Co. (Mr. L. P. R. Bean) would visit Tasmania towards the end of Oc- tober to complete details regarding pro-

grammes.

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