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Australia’s youth get their own Digital Community Radio platform

Young people across Australia not only have another choice of radio channel, but also a new broadcast training platform, following the launch of digital community radio channel, SYN Nation.

Launched by Australia’s Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the service brings together programming produced and presented entirely by communities of young people around Australia, starting with Byron Bay (NSW), Canberra and Hobart (Tasmania), along with Melbourne, Warrnambool and Gippsland in Victoria.

 “Young people are at the forefront of new technology and SYN Nation is a great example of that. This project is innovative in the way it uses digital and online media and will help amplify the diverse voices of young people across this country,” said Mr Turnbull.

SYN Nation broadcasts on digital radio to Melbourne-wide audiences and streams nationally at syn.org.au, with additional digital media content including videos and podcasts contributed regularly by each community to create a constantly evolving repository of youth made media from around the country.

Developed by Melbourne-based community youth broadcaster SYN Media, the service is being driven by young leaders based at local community radio stations in each region, with the support of established media industry mentors from the likes of the county’s two public broadcasters ABC and SBS, community stations, the Community Broadcasters Association of Australia and the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

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