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Radio Adelaide's new membership structure 'more inclusive and transparent'

Monday 16 April, 2018

Seven new members elected to sit on the board. 

In January, radioinfo reported ​that Radio Adelaide would vote on its first-ever elected board of directors. 

The station said via social media that the vote would 'complete our transition to independence, governed by our community.'

In November 2017, for the first time in Radio Adelaide's 45 year history, listeners were invited to become members, after the original licensee, University of Adelaide, controversially cut the station loose from its control.

Of the approximately 100 people who signed up to become Radio Adelaide members, seven were elected to sit on the board.​

Following a difficult transition to independence, a new membership structure at the station has supporters and board members optimistic about future community engagement with the station. 

Former radio journalist and current departmental media advsier, new board chair David Heath told In Daily,

“Over the last couple of years we’ve gone from a situation where [Radio Adelaide] was wholly owned and operated by the University of Adelaide to a situation where we’re now on our own.

“It’s been an arduous process but what the station really needs now is that clear direction on the station’s future.

“The board is committed to providing that direction and making sure the station not only survives but also thrives.”

“We (the board) have very wide and broad experiences across marketing and communications, community radio, media, politics,” Heath says.

“We made it clear to the members at our first AGM that the operation [and] the management of the station would be different – we would be much more inclusive [and] transparent.”



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