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Australian Government Increases Funding for Community Radio

The Australian Minister for Communications, Mitch Fifield has recently announced additional targeted funding for digital radio ($1.9m in 2017/18 and $2m in 2018/19) and a further $2.2m focused on support for stations affected by the reorganisation of the 803-960MHz radio frequency band.

The community radio sector recorded a record national listenership in 2017, with 5.3 million Australians tuning in each week. 450+ community radio services across the country provide a voice for those not adequately serviced by other broadcasters.

These stations contribute to public interest outcomes and media diversity, generate high levels of local and specialist content, and provide opportunities for participation in free-to-air media.

Community Broadcasting Association of Australia CEO, Jon Bisset said that this additional funding support will secure the sector’s involvement in digital broadcasting across this period. “For 40 years, Australian governments have been committed to community radio standing alongside commercial and national radio services on available free-to-air broadcast platforms. This increased funding supports community digital radio services over the next two years. We want to take this opportunity to thank all of those involved in helping us keep the community in your radio.”

Bisset confirmed that the CBAA will continue working with the Government to ensure the long term sustainability of community radio. (C+T Mag)