|Launched||23 April 2004|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV) 16:9|
|Slogan||"Adelaide - It's Your 44"|
|Formerly called||C31 Adelaide (2004-2010)|
|Replaced by||Channel 44|
|Digital Frequency||564.5 MHz|
Channel 44 has been broadcasting into households across Adelaide since 2004. C44 is Adelaide’s own community, free-to air television station providing local and national content. Previously known as C31 when on analogue television, C44 made the switch to digital on the 5th of November 2010. C44 switched off its analogue signal on the 31st of May 2012.
With a strong, crystal clear digital signal, our broadcast footprint covers metropolitan Adelaide and surrounding regions, with a potential audience of approximately 1.3 million people.
Before C31 and 44 Adelaide, Adelaide's community television station was run by Adelaide Community and Education Television Inc., or ACE TV (sometimes known as "ACE Channel 6", despite broadcasting on UHF 31). ACE TV held a temporary licence from May 1994 until December 2002, when it was cancelled due to breaches of its licence conditions. ACE TV had its last broadcast in May 2002.
In 2004, most community TV services in capital cities received permanent licences from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). However, the process for allocating a permanent licence in Adelaide, which began in 2004, was terminated in mid-2006; the two prospective applicants (of which C44 was one) were declined for different reasons. In September 2015, Malcolm Turnball, ex-communications minister, gave community television stations an extension until 31st of December 2016.
C44 has begun operations to move online, and has started by streaming its channel live on their website. Most CTV stations will also be making the move online.
Channel 44 airs a range of local, interstate and international content that is relevant to their audience. The move online means that local content can now be viewed by those outside of Adelaide.
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