Channel 31 (Australia)
Channel 31 is the colloquial name for a loose network of free-to-air community television (CTV) stations that broadcast in the major Australian capital cities. Channel 31 was the frequency reserved for analogue broadcasts by each station; however all channels are now broadcasting in digital on Channel 44.
Each station is a not-for-profit entity and is subject to specific provisions of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992. A Code of Conduct, registered with the Australian Communications and Media Authority, provides additional regulation of the sector. The CTV stations operate independently so they are technically not a network (in the commonly held definition of the term). However, some programs are broadcast on multiple stations in the group, and they do co-operate with each other in various ways. The stations act collectively through the Australian Community Television Alliance.
Channel 44 is currently broadcast in 576i (same as analogue) but with a 16:9 aspect ratio instead of 4:3.
- 44 Adelaide (Adelaide)
- 31 Digital (Brisbane)
- C31 Melbourne (Melbourne & Geelong)
- TVS (Sydney)
- LINC TV (Lismore)
- West TV (Perth)