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Don’t touch that dial

Crikey readers have their say about digital radio, Cambodia and the definition of torture.

Is Cambodia really that bad?

Stephen Higgins writes: Re: “Cambodia refugee deal costs soar, with moral price immeasurable” (Friday). While there are plenty of good reasons for criticising Australia’s refugee deal with Cambodia, Michael Sainsbury has over-egged the case with a number of errors and exaggerations. To name a few:

It is nonsense to claim that “Buddhist Cambodia is largely hostile to Muslims”. There is a large and thriving Cham Muslim community in Cambodia, who I suspect are more accepted and integrated into society in Cambodia than Muslims are in Australia.

There is nowhere near 2 million Cambodians in Thailand. The most recent estimate, and the highest I have heard, is that there are 660,000 currently in Thailand.

And as for state-sponsored murder and torture being de riguer, that’s a very, very large exaggeration.

Digital radio infinitely superior

Joe Boswell writes: Re. “How ABC and SBS could save millions without touching programming” (Thursday). Bernard Keane wrote, “… digital radio has had nothing like the success of digital TV, and there’s a good case for simply dumping it in favour of online distribution”. Rot. Online is no substitute for things like alarm clock radios. Until digital was available, in many places, including the metropolitan area where I live, ABC National Radio was only broadcast on analog AM frequencies, and AM reception here is atrocious. The sound is always distorted, there is often serious interference and randomly the signal simply fades and vanishes.

Digital is infinitely superior. If the government forces the ABC to dump digital radio there is no usable alternative and my digital radio receiver will be so much junk.

Define torture

Russell Bancroft writes: Re. “Stay calm on terror laws — the worst is yet to come” (Friday). You say that the new “terror laws” exclude the use of torture. Fine, but what is torture? I know that we have gone over this ground a number of times, but is it open to the government to endorse the use of techniques such as water-boarding and sleep deprivation, and claim that they are not torture?

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  1. wayne robinson

    Joe Boswell,

    Personally, at my location, I find Digital radio useless and almost impossible to receive, despite living in the Perth metropolitan area.

    Internet radio, however, is marvellous. I’m currently listening to a German classical music Internet station, and I also listen to the ABC Classic FM and Classic 2 FM stations.

    My alarm clock is a Fitbit wrist band which vibrates at my wake up time.

  2. My Comment

    Digital TV has replaced analogue TV because the Government stopped broadcasting analogue broadcasts. On the other hand, analogue radios continue to work, be they portable radios, car radios, clock radios, part of hifi systems, or any other radios. So Bernard Keane’s “success of digital TV” compared to digital radio is really comparing a forced change with a voluntary change.

    Personally, I love digital radio. It lets me hear normal programming including local ABC and News Radio even when the equivalent analogue station is replaced by sporting or parliamentary broadcasts. It doesn’t eat into my download limits, it doesn’t stop while the signal is buffering, it doesn’t need a wifi signal and it is not affected by other people in the house downloading large files.

    The main problem with digital radio is the upfront cost of equipment: budget digital radios are few and far between. And I have yet to find a digital shower radio!

    All this means is that people can continue to use their old radios in combination with one or more new digital radios.

  3. Salamander

    What’s digital radio? Grrrr.

  4. Zeke

    I’m with Salamander. There’s no digital radio outside the capital cities. Why?