The glaring omission in public discussions following shortwave broadcast termination in Central Australia is a viable alternative, like Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM). DRM is a maturing technology which allows FM-quality broadcasts over enormous areas, using much the same broadcasting infrastructure the old AM shortwave used. In fact, the shortwave transmitter in Tennant Creek is already DRM-ready. The ABC, Broadcast Australia and the federal government already know about this technology and its suitability for the Australian environment. Why has the ABC terminated shortwave broadcasts rather than rolling out a transition to DRM?
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