We still need to do a little more research in to this ourselves, but for now here is what wikipedia has to say….
RMITV is one of the oldest community television organisations in Australia, having been involved in lobbying the government for community access to the television spectrum. It transmitted its first test broadcast in 1987, which controversially at the time wasn’t licensed by the authorities. RMITV was also responsible for broadcasting ETV, a closed-circuit television system operated at the RMIT Campus in previous years.
The government encouraged Melbourne’s many aspirant community television broadcasters to form an umbrella organisation to apply for a broadcasting license, and so RMITV became a founding member of the Melbourne Community Television Consortium; the license holder for Melbourne’s Channel 31.
Throughout its time RMITV has produced some of the most well known programs on Australian community television, including: The Loft Live, Under Melbourne Tonight, Chartbusting 80′s, Raucous, Dawns Crack, PLUCK, Studio A and countless outside broadcasts. [Wikipedia]