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CBAA is seeking guaranteed funding and an extra $5.1 million per year

Thursday 11 April, 2019
Jon Bissett

In the lead up to the Federal Election the CBAA is seeking a guarantee from all parties for continuing recurrent support to ensure the sector survives.
 
It is also asking for an extra $5.1 million annually to allow a larger development and operations grants pool through the General Sustainability and Development Fund to meet the growing needs of community radio stations.

The CBAA’s Chief Executive Officer Jon Bisset says these changes will help ensure the growth and sustainability of the community broadcasting sector to help meet community needs.
 
“Recurrent funding for all sector funding and an increase in funding available for development and operations grants will position community radio to be able to continue its valuable contributions to the diversity of media services and local content made available to Australian communities.”
 
“National listenership figures show that Australians are more supportive of community radio than ever, and, in these times, are turning to community radio for local information and news shared by local voices, as well as Australian and specialist music and content.”
 
“Community radio is unique in its platform for a diverse range of viewpoints that enrich the social and cultural fabric of Australian society, for its promotion of the identities of local communities, and for its provision of opportunities for participation in free-to-air public broadcasting.”
 
“A commitment to these recommendations is a commitment to a diverse local media that reflects Australia in 2019.”
 
Currently, funding for digital radio roll out, as well as funding for enhanced news programming, improved online presence and industry skills development is not included in the forward estimates from 2021/22.
 
The CBAA will be working with stations and supporters of community radio around Australia to rally support in the coming weeks.

 

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