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Future of Radio Adelaide in question

Tuesday 01 December, 2015

Amidst rising speculation that community radio station Radio Adelaide might close its doors, The University of Adelaide has announced it is ‘exploring future options’ to keep the station operating.

“Radio Adelaide’s current premises on North Terrace has been sold, which has led the University to open the dialogue around the station’s future location, shape and funding,” said University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Warren Bebbington. 

Earlier this year, the University commissioned community broadcast consultants Kath Letch (3RRR) and Ann Tonks (6UVS) to investigate the challenges and opportunities for the station. 

After comprehensive consultation, they presented five options for the station’s future, which were subsequently analysed and costed by accounting firm, Ernst & Young. 

“Radio Adelaide is owned and significantly subsidised by the University of Adelaide,” said Professor Bebbington. “But like all Australian universities, Adelaide is subject to worsening financial pressures as Commonwealth support for the higher education sector contracts. 

“All parts of the University are required to make savings, and we cannot exempt Radio Adelaide from the financial constraints on our core teaching and research,” he said.

A discussion paper outlining the different options for the station was circulated last night to key Radio Adelaide stakeholders.
“We certainly recognise the value of Radio Adelaide as a community broadcaster. But now is the time to think through a viable future model for the station, as well as finalising a plan for a change of premises,” said Professor Bebbington.

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