The ABC will switch off its shortwave services at Katherine today.
Organised protests are being held at one of the other transmitters in Alice Springs today about the move, which critics claim will risk lives in the outback.
Early this afternoon the Katherine Times will discuss the issue live on our Facebook livestream out at the transmission site.
While the ABC softened its stance on the weekend, it is still going ahead with the switch off.
The ABC acknowledges a small audience living and working in the Northern Territory favour short-wave radio when accessing ABC services.
Long-haul truckers, fisherfolk, station owners and workers say they still need the shortwave services for communication, particularly at times of emergency.
ABC has promised to expand an existing “information awareness program” with the addition of easier access to information packs about alternative services, telephone support and “how-to” videos to guide listeners to catch up on programs using podcasts.
“The National Broadband Network satellite services ‘Sky Muster’ will also assist those in remote Australia, by providing access to all ABC online and digital content,” the statement said.
“The ABC will also supply a VAST satellite system unit to all Royal Flying Doctor Service bases and 4WD Radio club bases in the affected region, allowing them to rebroadcast emergency or warning messages as required.”
Opposition leader Bill Shorten said the ABC’s claim that the majority of listeners will be able to access ABC services via AM/FM radio, digital radio and online streaming, or via VAST platform does not account for the reality of service availability in remote areas.
Senator Nigel Scullion said the ABC's NT shortwave radio transition arrangements were too little too late.
The ABC has also encouraged NT listeners to its former shortwave radio service to upgrade their emergency kit.
The ABC wants listeners “to be prepared for emergencies” by buying a satellite phone and a emergency locator or EPIRB.