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Australia’s community radio sector wins funding for Digital Radio

After a sustained lobbying campaign by Australia’s community radio sector, the Federal Government announced this morning that 37 community broadcasters will receive an extra six million dollars in funding for digital broadcasting.

Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) president Adrian Basso said it was a fantastic outcome for community radio stations and listeners, as well as for media diversity in Australia.

“It’s fantastic that the federal government has listened to the needs of the community and delivered the funding required to keep digital community radio services up and running,” he said.

“There’s been a long-standing government commitment to ensuring community broadcasting has affordable access to digital platforms. This announcement makes good on those commitments.”

The CBAA’s Commit to Community Radio campaign, launched earlier this year, gained the support of more than 43,000 people.