significant change. These necessary variations in the switchover dates are to facilitate
a staggered approach to the transition to digital television in metropolitan areas to
enable both Government assistance schemes and broadcaster engineering resources to
be available and appropriately managed to achieve digital switchover by the end of
2013. These dates could not be changed outside the six month window by a variation
to the Broadcasting Services (Simulcast Period for Metropolitan Licence Areas)
Determination (No. 1) 2009, due to the restrictions set out in subclause 6A(9) and
6A(10) of Schedule 4.
For the last year, I have noticed that DBCDE propaganda about the last year of switch-off has been made more vague, as if they were preparing to change the previously advertised 30th June 2013 and 31st December 2013 dates. The non-metro switch-offs in 2013 have never had advertised dates, so they are not affected. I have always doubted whether the DBCDE would be funding a big call centre for Sydney and Melbourne staffed to capacity in the early hours of New Years Day.