Northern Access Television News

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If you require assistance with getting your message accross, feel free to contact us at Northern Access Television. We can provide interviews on our NAT Chat program and/or Community Service Annoucements during breaks on C31 Melbourne. We are happy to help :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

No Clean Feed

The Internet is one of the few places where self expression can be done to the full. Web Videos allow people to spread their message to people all over the world. Northern Access TV and the Noise Bar believe in the future of online television, and have invested heaps of time and energy towards launching a Web TV channel in early 2010. But web speed has been an issue for the trial, both at the transmitting end and at the receiving end. An Internet filter is only going to make that problem worse, and could make Web TV unviable in Australia.

Have your say on Twitter! Join the online protest using the hash tag #nocleanfeed. The clean feed must be stopped, before our web slows to a crawl and video on the web is affected.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Goodbye GeoCities

It was sad to see the GeoCities service from Yahoo! close down recently. As our long time members would know, our first NAT website was hosted by GeoCities, and had some really long address (I think it was or something like that!). During times the group was a bit short of money (which is pretty much always!), we diverted our domain name back to our GeoCities one.

A few of our earlier programs also started off their websites on GeoCities, but later moved to paid hosting plans. If any of the links in Past Programs or on the links page are now dead, then sadly a lot of them will be lost because of the closure. I will try to update and/or remove the dead links as I get a chance.

Thanks to GeoCities and later Yahoo! for the service. It was a big help in our early days on the web!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

ACTA welcomes allocation of digital spectrum for Community TV

More information on launch dates will be forthcoming when available.

The Australian Community Television Alliance (ACTA) today welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to allocate digital spectrum for Community Television.

ACTA was formed primarily to coordinate the sector’s representations to Government and in particular to secure digital spectrum and funding support during the digital/analogue simulcast period that concludes at the end of 2013. Since the introduction of digital broadcasting to Australia in 2001 Community Television channels have been the only ones not available via digital set-top boxes.

The lack of digital spectrum has severely hampered audience growth for Community Television and in recent times has seen audience numbers in most cities begin to fall significantly. “As Community TV relies on sponsorship revenue to fund station operations, and sponsors want to know that people are watching, urgent action was required,” ACTA Secretary and TVS Chief Executive Laurie Patton said.

“Today’s announcement from Senator Conroy proves that ACTA’s campaign has worked,” Mr Patton added. “The Government clearly understood that without a digital pathway Community Television was destined for broadcasting oblivion”.

ACTA is pleased that the Government has accepted its arguments in favour of Community Television and its potential to play an important role in a developing digital multichannel world.

“Community TV stations provide a unique platform for the expression of the views and interests of a wide range of community groups and individuals that would otherwise go unheard. In addition to providing an outlet for local viewpoints and diverse opinions Community Television acts as a training ground for new entrants to the broadcast industry,” Mr Patton concluded.

Monday, November 2, 2009

C31 Digital Forum- show your support for Community TV

C31 is holding a forum for the community to come together and discuss the Station's digital future. The Forum will be attended by Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and The Digital Economy, who has been invited to present the Federal Government's vision on the future of Community Television.

Join us to have your say!

When: Monday November 9, 2PM

Where: Multicultural Hub

Corner Therry & Elizabeth St. Melbourne City.

There is a limited capacity so register your interest to attend NOW by calling 03 9660 3131 or emailing with your name

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

LIVE WEBCAST! Halloween Showcase of Death! 31st October @ Noise Bar

Courtesy of

Halloween Showcase of Death! 31st October @ Noise Bar - Brunswick - VIC AUS

Do yourself a favour, this gig is definitely a do not miss gig this year! The entire event will be live recorded and also live broadcast via the Internet on this site! we have viewers the world over watching this, checking out great Aussie talent as it happens!

This event will be WEBCAST LIVE from 6:30pm

To find out how to access the telecast, or you are local to Brunswick and would like to attend the gig, visit
This is a Ticketed Pre-sale Event - visit website for ticket details.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Annual General Meeting held

The Annual General Meeting of Northern Access Television was held yesterday afternoon. Many issues were discussed regarding the running of the group, and on most issues, all in attendance were able to agree on future directions for the group.

Most of the Committee Members from the Previous Committee are continuing, and we have a couple of new Committee Members. Details of the 2009/10 Committee will be posted here shortly (and the Management Page updated). Reports from the AGM will be included in the next Northern Focus newsletter.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Story about C31 on ABC Stateline

A story on C31's current fight for a licence was aired on ABC1's "Stateline" in Victoria on 14th August 2009. See the video below.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

2009 NAT AGM

The 2009 Northern Access Television AGM will be held on Sunday 20th September 2009 at 2pm at the Noise Bar, 291 Albert St, Brunswick.
All members of NAT, as well as anyone interested in joining the group are urged to attend.
The formal notice and nomination forms for the Committee will be sent out shortly to paid members.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Visions on the way back

As viewers may have noticed, Visions has been off air for various reasons, but we are happy to report that the show will be making it's way back with new episodes in September. A number of Northern Access TV members will be pulling together to help Producer, Judy Magassy put the show back into production.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Fair Go Kev - Give us Digital now!

C31 still remains the only TV channel in Melbourne to not be allocated a Digital Licence. People who are buying the new Set Top Boxes and Digital TVs are finding that they can not pick up our Analog signal. Every new Digital viewer is often lost to us.

To continue to develop our station and our member groups, we need access to Digital TV.

All NAT programs are ready to shoot in Digital Widescreen format. All we are waiting for is the ability to broadcast a Digital signal. Help us catch up to modern standards. See to find out how you can help.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

David McLauchlan wins an Antenna!

David McLauchlan has received an Antenna Award for the Most Outstanding Individual Contribution to Community TV on Friday, 27th March.
As well as keeping his own programs ticking over, he spends a great deal of time with other NAT producers helping them along with their projects, and also a number of independent producers though his work in the C31 studio.
Congratulations David on a well deserved win!