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Community Broadcasting continues to grow: CBAA AGM

Saturday 26 October, 2019
Attendees at the CBAA AGM have heard that community radio in Australia has continued to grow in strength in the past 12 months with over 5.9 million listeners weekly and over 24,000 volunteers helping to provide services.

The CBAA now supports and is supported by over 300 member stations, representing 90% of the permanently licensed community broadcasters.

Have conversations that explore the topic: Interviewing tips at #CBAAConf

Saturday 26 October, 2019

A group of current affairs producers and presenters spoke about their programs and gave interviewing tips during the CBAA Conference in Melbourne.

Lisa Daniel, the host and producer of Word for Word (Joy FM), Jiselle Hannah, the host and producer of Acccent on Women (3CR) and Anthony Dockrill, producer of Fourth Estate (2SER) gave tips on interviewing within the communtiy radio sector.

Different devices have different audience behaviours: James Cridland #CBAAConf

Saturday 26 October, 2019

James Cridland begun his presentation to the CBAA Conference with a history of radio and technology changes, and debunked the myth that video, and all the other new technologies, killed the radio star.

“As you might have guessed, radio is still large… it was not killed by those technologies.

“Radio is very big, we sometimes forget that.  65% of audio we put into our ears is live radio.

“Podcasting is only 8% despite all the public relations coverage it gets.”

Community broadcasting sector expands news services and hires Canberra correspondent #CBAAConf

Friday 25 October, 2019

At the CBAA Conference Abe Killian and Ian Gunn introduced the Collaborative News Network for community broadcasters.

The new system, funded by a special government grant, will link community radio stations with newsrooms together to share content, and will offer the combined content of the community sector’s news activities to smaller stations which do not have the resrouces to make their own bulletins.

“If we share our work we can use the slim resources we have to make better bulletins and increase your audience,” said Killian.

Changes in media prompted us to ask about the future of radio: ACMA's James Cameron #CBAAConf

Friday 25 October, 2019

ACMA Authority Member James Cameron spoke about the regulator's recent consultation on the Future of Radio at today's CBAA Conference.

“Changes in media have prompted us to ask the question how best the future of radio can be facilitated. It was a fact gathering exercise…”

Some of the things the ACMA has learnt from the consultancy so far are:

Our case made it clear what it looks like when press freedom is lost: Peter Greste #CBAAConf

Friday 25 October, 2019
At the CBAA Conference today Peter Greste told his own story about being imprisoned for doing the work of journalism.

250 journalists are currently in prison around the world for their work as journalists. Many have been charged with anti-state activities such as treason, sedition and terrorism just for doing their jobs.

While press freedom is a world issue, and has also become a prominent national issue in Australia, it is also a grass roots issue.

Community radio is truly local, with voices by your siblings, relatives and neighbours #CBAAConf

Friday 25 October, 2019
Speaking at the opening of the CBAA Conference today, President Philip Randall told delegates about the consolidation of media and the importance of community broadcasting.

“Media is consolidating, these changes present community broadcasters with great challenges and opportunities.

“Community radio is truely local, with voices by your siblings, relatives and neighbours. It reflects your local identity.”

“A healthy democracy cannot function without a free media,”
he said, discussing the current campaign for media freedom.

CBAA Conference begins in Melbourne: Venue details and full agenda

Thursday 24 October, 2019

The annual Community Bradcasting Association Conference has begun in Melbourne with a series of pre-conference workshops and a welcome drinks function (pictured).

Friday and Saturday will see a range of speakers featured, including Peter Greste and the lead singer of Weddings Parties Anything. The full schedule is below.

The conference is being held at the Pullman on the Park, near the MCG in Melbourne.

Drought affected community radio stations need urgent assistance

Thursday 17 October, 2019

While CRA has reported a 10.2% dip in advertising for commercial metropolitan stations, and then SCA advising sharholders of an expected revenue drop across their radio and TV networks, some community radio stations in drought affected areas are now really beginning to feel the pinch.

Temporary Community Broadcasting Licences criticised in ACMA submissions

Thursday 10 October, 2019

The Commercial Radio sector has criticised the Community Broadcasting sector in its submission to the ACMA's Future of Radio consultation, for the overuse of temporary licences (TCBLs).

The community broadcasting sector says it is an ACMA resource issue.

In its submission, CRA says:

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