Westlink (Australian TV channel)

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Westlink
Westlink logo, 2013 (Australian TV channel).png
Launched 1992
Closed 16 December 2017
Owned by Government of Western Australia
Picture format anamorphic 576i (SDTV)
Country Australia
Language English
Broadcast area Remote and Regional Western Australia
Headquarters West Perth, Western Australia
Formerly called Westlink Network (1992–2013)
Availability
Satellite
VAST (virtual) 602

Westlink, formerly known as Westlink Network, was an Australian free-to-view digital television channel broadcast to regional and remote areas of Western Australia on the Viewer Access Satellite Television service. Funded by the Government of Western Australia, the channel was managed and operated by the Department of Regional Development and broadcast a range of community-based content, particularly training and educational programs, using an open-narrowcast licence. The channel was received in over 150 remote locations such as telecentres, schools and colleges.[1]

The channel was quietly shut down on 16 December 2017 following the live broadcast of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra's "Symphony in the City" concert.[2]

Programming

The channel was primarily used for educational and talk-back style programs, including video conferences, corporate training videos, and health and educational focused training segments. Many of the programs were viewed in group situations, such as telecentres and TAFE colleges. Some bodies that used Westlink were;

  • Department of Health
  • Rural Health Education Foundation
  • Telethon Institute
  • Office of Shared Services
  • Diocesan Pastoral Formation Centre

The now defunct community television channel Access 31 from Perth was once simulcast on weekends.[3] This simulcast ended when Access 31 closed down on 6 August 2008.

On 13 November 2009, community broadcaster Indigenous Community Television entered into an agreement with Westlink to allow them access to the then-Optus Aurora channel on weekends.[4] The agreement ceased on 18 April 2013, when ICTV officially launched their own dedicated channel on the VAST service.

Availability

Westlink was formerly available on the Viewer Access Satellite Television service on virtual channel 602, and could be accessed by all viewers nationally.[5] The channel was previously available on the Optus Aurora satellite service, but was migrated to VAST in April 2013.[6] Analogue terrestrial transmissions were also broadcast in Albany and Bunbury.[3]

Approximately 25% of all free-to-view satellite users in Western Australia watched Westlink. The Goldfields-Esperance region had the most viewers, with approximately 6.1% out of a total 11.8% satellite households report viewing the service.[7]

Identity

Westlink often played a loop of still scenic photographs and information slides in between scheduled programs throughout the day due to the large gaps between programming.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Using Westlink and Presenters" (PDF). Department of Regional Development. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  2. ^ Westlink TV (18 January 2018). "class in Closure". Facebook. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "The Duration of the Analogue/Digital Television Simulcast Period" (PDF). Department of Industry and Resources. November 2005. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  4. ^ "ICTV - Westlink Service". Retrieved 2010-01-03.
  5. ^ "Optus Help & Support: Q: Can I receive Satellite TV - Aurora in my area?". Optus. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Aurora satellite service will cease from 25 June 2013". Digital Ready. April 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Telecommunications Needs Assessment, Chapeter 6 (Radio and Television)" (PDF). Department of Industry and Resources. Retrieved 2007-09-17.

External links

  • Official Website (archived)
  • TelInfo case study on Government initiated works
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