Channel 44 (Adelaide)
|Launched||23 April 2004|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV) 16:9|
|Slogan||Adelaide - It's Your 44|
|Formerly called||C31 Adelaide (2004-2010)
44 Adelaide (2010-2014)
Channel 44, also known as C44, is a free-to-air community television channel in Adelaide, South Australia. C44 features locally and nationally made content and has been broadcasting since 23 April 2004. Previously known as C31 when on analogue television, C44 made the switch to digital on 5 November 2010 and switched off its analogue signal on 31 May 2012.
Before C44, Adelaide's community television station was ACE TV, run by Adelaide Community and Education Television Inc. 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.
The station was originally launched as C31 Adelaide (C31) on 23 April 2004 on analogue channel 31. 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 C31 was one) were declined for different reasons.
On 5 November 2010, the station was moved to digital channel 44 and was renamed 44 Adelaide, with its analogue signal switched off on 31 May 2012. 44 Adelaide received a new logo in 2013 and was later renamed Channel 44 (C44) in 2014.
In September 2014, Australian federal communications minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that licencing for community television stations would end in December 2015. In September 2015, Turnbull, now Prime Minister, announced an extension of the deadline to 31 December 2016. C44 has followed other community television channels and has begun to move operations online, and streams its channel live on their website. C44 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 Adelaide.
- 2010–2016: Bringing You the Community through TV
- 2016–present: Adelaide - It's Your 44
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