Changes to Katherine NT Radio Services

Listeners of commercial radio station Hot 100 (8HOT) on 765 kHz AM in Katherine in Australia’s Northern Territtory may soon have to change their dials if the Australian Communications & Media Authority accepts a proposal by the station.

The proposal would see 8HOT swap from AM to FM transmission in Katherine. Darwin listeners already enjoy 8HOT in FM.

“FM radio provides improved audio quality for listeners in regional areas and can be more cost-effective to operate than AM radio,” said ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin.

“A number of regional commercial radio stations are seeking to convert their services to FM under an industry-led conversion program. The ACMA will facilitate a conversion after taking a number of issues into account. These include availability of suitable spectrum and being satisfied that audiences in regional areas do not lose radio services under that proposal,” Ms O’Loughlin said.

“We now want to hear from the local Katherine audience their views on the conversion proposal,” Ms O’Loughlin said.

Submissions on the Katherine proposal are due by 28 February 2019. More information about the AM-FM conversion is available here.

If the ACMA approves the conversion, the timing of the transition would be up to the broadcaster.