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Proposed deeming principles for regional radio licence areas

Tuesday 30 June, 2020

The ACMA is proposing to adopt a set of principles to use as guidance when considering whether to deem a community licence area under subsection 8AD(3) of the Broadcasting Services Act (BSA).
This would enable community radio broadcasting services in these areas to broadcast in digital. 
Community radio broadcasting licensees need access to digital multiplex capacity to transmit digital services under the current legislation for digital radio.

Funding renewed for community broadcasting suicide prevention project

Wednesday 26 July, 2017

Early this week, the 2017 - 2019 Community Broadcasting Suicide Prevention Project was launched live on air at Mornington Peninsula's RPP FM.
Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt and Suicide Prevention Australia CEO Sue Murray joined Community Broadcasting Association of Australia CEO Jon Bisset at the station to announce this renewed funding and discuss the importance of the project.

Independent Senators table motion for increased community radio funding

Thursday 22 June, 2017

A motion was moved in Parliament today calling on the Australian Government to increase funding targeted for community digital radio long term, taking the Commonwealth contribution to $4.5M per annum in 2018-19, and commit to funding community radio at that level, indexed, on an ongoing basis.

It was in May the Turnbull Government announced new funding of $6.1 million over two years for the community radio sector to support digital radio services and one-off spectrum reorganisation costs for analog radio services. 

Communications Minister Fifield announces extra digital radio funding for community sector on Light FM

Thursday 04 May, 2017
"It's important that the community radio sector has certainty," said Communications Minister Mitch Fifield, announcing additional funding for community digital radio on Light FM Melbourne this morning.

"We recognise it is important that we make funding provision to ensure that this important work that community radio does can be supported and that the transition to digital radio can be supported," he told Light FM presenters Lucy and Kel.

Conference supporting technologists in community broadcasting

Tuesday 02 May, 2017

Registrations are now open for Technorama, a conference supporting technologists in Community Broadcasting.

It will be held in Campbelltown (Sydney) next month, 16-18 June 2017.

Technorama was created in 2008 when four passionate technologists (John Maizels, Chris Deacon, Mike Tobin, and Steve Hutson) were appointed as founding members of the CBAA’s Technical Standing Committee.

It's all smiles with Radio Adelaide back up and running

Wednesday 03 August, 2016

Radio Adelaide is back up and running after moving from its home at 228 North Terrace Adelaide to new studios, co-located with Fresh 92.7, a few blocks down the road.
It was the end of an era for the hundreds of volunteers and staff who had worked in the building since the station moved there in 1989.

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. 

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.

CBF announces successful tenderer for Review

Wednesday 23 April, 2014

The Community Boradcasting Foundation has announced the successful tenderer for a review of its operations. The Nous Group has been appointed to undertake the foundation's Structural and Governance Review. 

The consultancy will begin in early May, with a final report provided to the Foundation in late August.


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