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Community broadcasting and media transformation #CBAAconf

Saturday 08 November, 2014
What is the role of community broadcasting in the contemporary media landscape and how are people currently consuming the media we produce? Our reporter Jess Pantou attended a session discussing this topic at today's CBAA Conference in Adelaide.

radioinfo's Steve Ahern opened a Q&A style panel session this morning to address these loaded questions.

Why is Community Radio important? #CBAAconf

Friday 07 November, 2014
Delegates were invited to have their say this morning as Nick Ingram facilitated a session on how each station contributes to its community. He put the idea to the crowd that, “we all need, as a sector, a coherent story about why we are important.”

Nick went on to highlight three key ideas that are vital to any community station:
  • Contributing to an open society
  • A strong democracy
  • A Vibrant Culture 

Technological changes are commas in the endless flow of innovation: HG at #CBAAConf

Friday 07 November, 2014

Recalling the days when he began his career on community radio station 3RRR Melbourne, Greg Pickhaver, aka HG, told CBAA Conference delegates “in those days Carlton was the centre of the universe… we were confident that we were leading the country in the arts, music, football and that gloriously uncertain sport of horse racing, if you didn't like that you could piss off!"

Community broadcasting encourages democracy and maintains vibrant culture: Adrian Basso at #CBAAConf

Friday 07 November, 2014

Opening the CBAA Conference in Adelaide today, President Adrian Basso told delegates community broadcast funding was under threat earlier this year.

"When the commission of audit report proposed that community broadcast funding be abolished, the CBAA mobilised thousands of people and on budget night we shone through... the funding was not cut."

He said community broadcasters are "a key Australian broadcasting pillar that helps build a strong democracy and maintain a vibrant culture."

Community Radio’s increased value in WA

Thursday 23 October, 2014

The CBAA National Listener Survey for June 2014 has been released, revealing a strong increase in community radio listenership in non-metro areas of WA.
Not only are an estimated 10,000 more people tuning into community stations per week since 2012, the hours spent listening have increased from 10.8 to 13.2.
Listeners strongly value the local information and news services the stations provide as well as the local voices and personalities they air and the sense of involvement they inspire.

2014 CBAA Awards Finalists

Wednesday 10 September, 2014

The Community Broadcasting Association has announced the finalists for this year's Awards.

The CBAA Awards are designed to promote excellence and to encourage and assist community broadcasters. They acknowledge the accomplishments of stations in their programs, initiatives or practices that increase their station’s capabilities or improve the services offered to their community.

Politicians hear the number one reason why people listen to community radio

Friday 05 September, 2014
60 politicians and representatives from the Community Broadcasting sector gathered in Parliament House Canberra this week to talk about community broadcasting. 

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull was quick to sing the praises of the community sector.

He mentioned the valuable diversity and localism the sector provides, its capacity to service communities inadequately catered for by the mainstream media and its place as a vital component of the broadcasting world. 

CBAA's new brand identity

Wednesday 13 August, 2014

The Community Broadcasting Association has unveiled a new logo and brand identity.

The logo is one part of a new organisation-wide brand identity, which will extend to all aspects of the peak sector organisation's programs and activities.

The new brand aims to be "a more cohesive and professional reflection" of the organisation's services, benefits and programs. The CBAA website has been revamped to reflect the new look.

Indexation freeze carves $3 million hole in community broadcast funding

Thursday 07 August, 2014

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann this week revealed the impact of the May Federal Budget's indexation freeze on community broadcasters.
The freezing of the indexation to the Community Broadcasting Program means that Federal Government contributions to the sector will be $3.093 million less over four years than it would have been if indexation was applied.

Griffith University awarded CBF tender contract to review community broadcast training

Monday 21 July, 2014

The CBF Board has appointed Griffith University to undertake a review of the community broadcasting sector’s National Training Program.

Griffith University's Associate Professor of Journalism Susan Forde will lead the university's review team. 

The review will take a broad training industry focus, and will assess current Australian Government policy on training initiatives. It will aim recommend how the National Training Project can optimise future opportunities for training in the community broadcasting sector.


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