“We regret to inform the Italian communities of Australia – in particular the listeners of Rete Italia – that, due to the high cost of broadcasting and technical maintenance across all of Australia, it has become necessary to reduce the number of frequencies which transmit Rete Italia.”
This means that, as of Thursday, August 22, 21 frequencies will no longer transmit Rete Italia programs.
These 21 frequencies are:
- Victoria: Mildura 89.1FM
- New South Wales: Newcastle/Gosford 801AM; Wollongong 1575AM; Griffith 90.5FM
- ACT: Canberra South 1638AM
- Queensland: Gold Coast 1620AM; Atherton 99.1FM; Ingham 96.9FM; Mackay 1611AM; Rockhampton 1611AM; Gladstone1620AM; Toowoomba1620AM
- South Australia: Mount Gambier 1629AM
- Western Australia: Perth 657AM; Esperance 1611AM; Kalgoorlie 1611AM; Albany 1629AM
- Northern Territory: Darwin 1611AM
- Tasmania: Launceston 1611AM; Devonport 1611AM; Hobart 1611AM
The seven frequencies which will continue to transmit Rete Italia programs are:
- Victoria: Melbourne1593AM; Shepparton1629AM; Swan Hill 87.6FM; Wangaratta1620AM
- New South Wales: Sydney1539AM
- Queensland: Brisbane 1620AM; Sunshine Coast 1620AM
This a painful decision made by the Board of Directors, but a necessary one to safeguard the future of the company, which this year celebrates the 60th anniversary of the foundation of Il Globo and the 72nd birthday of La Fiamma.
Finally, it must be remembered and acknowledged that for 25 years, Rete Italia has broadcast Italian-language programs in every state across Australia – an accomplishment that no other Italian community in the world has achieved.
You can still listen to Rete Italia anywhere in Australia and around the world.
Follow the link for more information on how you can stream programs online or tune in on your smartphone via the app.