AM/FM Conversion

Changes may be in the air for radio in Mandurah and Warrnambool

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Three radio stations in Mandurah, Western Australia and Warrnambool, Victoria could soon swap between and AM and FM frequencies, in proposals released today by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

‘FM radio provides improved audio quality for listeners in regional areas,’ said ACMA Chair, Nerida O’Loughlin.
‘Some regional commercial radio stations are seeking to move services to FM from AM where possible. The ACMA is charged with facilitating these moves while ensuring that audiences in regional areas do not lose important radio services’.

‘It is also up to each broadcaster to decide when they make the transition.’

In Mandurah, 6MM would convert to FM. In Warrnambool, 3YB would convert to FM. This will involve a frequency swap with 3RPH, a talk radio service for the print handicapped, operating in the area. Once the exchange is complete, 3YB will broadcast on FM and 3RPH will broadcast on AM. AM frequencies are considered more suitable for talk radio services and the conversion to AM radio will increase 3RPH’s reception area.

The ACMA is seeking comments5 on these industry-led proposals. Submissions are due by 15 February 2018.