The History Of ASTRA
broadcasting and open and subscription narrowcasting
services were new categories of broadcasting services
introduced with the Broadcasting Services Act,
1992. (the BSA).
new services added to the mix of existing categories
of service, being the national broadcasting services
(ABC and SBS); commercial broadcasting services
(commercial TV and radio); and community broadcasting
services (previously public broadcasting).
was formed in September 1997 with the amalgamation
of the Federation of Australian Narrowcasting
Subscription Services (FANSS) and the Confederation
of Australian Subscription Television (CAST) to
represent these new services interests.
role is to provide its members with a strong presence
by providing a single, unified voice on issues
affecting subscription television.
narrowcast television services;
program channel providers;
subscription television operators; and
communications companies and other associate members.
develops its own codes of practice that are applicable
to the broadcasting operations of the subscription
television industry. These codes are developed
in consultation with the Australian Broadcasting
Authority (ABA), taking into account any relevant
research conducted by the ABA, appropriate community
safeguards and public consultation. (Credit:
Subscription Television and Radio Association