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$5.5 million put aside to save historic audiovisual material

Tuesday 30 June, 2020

$5.5 million has been put aside by the government over four years for the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) to support the digitisation of historic audiovisual material.
Part of the money will create the National Centre for Excellence in Audiovisual Digitisation.
The NFSA has more three million items in its collection, including a significant number of film, tape and sound recordings in analogue formats, such as magnetic tape.

$50 million to support regional news

Monday 29 June, 2020

107 regional publishers and broadcasters who applied to the Public Interest News Gathering (PING) Program will receive a share of $50 million in funding committed to support regional news services in 2020-21. 
Of the 107 eligible applicants, there are 13 for radio, 92 publishers and five for television. Three applicants were successful across two streams.

The PING program opens for business and regional radio can apply

Thursday 07 May, 2020

Applications are now open for the $50 million Public Interest News Gathering (PING) program to support commercial radio, television and newspaper businesses in regional Australia during COVID-19.
Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, called on all eligible news outlets to apply, and says, “We know that public interest journalism keeps communities informed and connected, and it is especially important for people living in regional and remote areas.

Immediate COVID19 relief for Australian media

Wednesday 15 April, 2020

The Morrison Government today announced a package of measures to help sustain Australian media businesses as they do their vital work of keeping the community informed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The measures include:

Radio seeks crisis relief package from the Federal Government

Thursday 09 April, 2020

The commercial radio industry has urged the Federal Government to put in place a crisis relief package to support broadcasters struggling with falling ad revenues.
Commercial Radio Australia canvassed a range of financial and regulatory measures with Communications Minister Paul Fletcher some weeks ago to ease the pressure on radio operators resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

Radio still the world’s most widely consumed media: CRA takes the message to Canberra

Wednesday 12 February, 2020

On the eve of World Radio Day, Commercial Radio Australia has just finished hosting an event at Parliament House Canberra to focus political attention on the industry’s agenda for 2020 and the vital role of local radio in the community.

Triple M breakfast presenter Lawrence Mooney and Federal Communications Minister Paul Fletcher (pictured right) addressed the event, which was attended by industry leaders, MPs and Senators.

Government reintroduces the ABC Amendment Bill

Tuesday 06 August, 2019
Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has re-introduced legislation which would create a regional advisory council for the ABC to reflect on the views of local communities.
The council will be made up of members who have a substantial connection to, or substantial experience in, a regional community through business, industry or community involvement.

Paul Fletcher replaces Mitch Fifield as Communicatons Minister

Monday 27 May, 2019

The radio industry has welcomed the appointment of Paul Fletcher as the new Federal Minister for Communications, Cybersafety and the Arts in the Morrison Government.

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