THE powerful commercial radio lobby has called for free spectrum and a decade of protection from new market entrants in return for investing $400 million in new digital technologies.
Peak industry lobby group Commercial Radio Australia said it was increasingly difficult for analogue, free-to-air radio to compete for advertising revenue against interactive digital technologies like the internet.
A spokeswoman for Senator Coonan said she hoped to decide by mid-year how government will regulate the transition to digital radio.
Regulate!! Yeah... regulate THIS.