AMRAP staff terminated after ‘Republic of AMRAP’ actions

The news comes one month after AMRAP vacated the CBAA offices. 

Last month radioinfo reported that staff at the community broadcasting sector’s Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP) staged an ‘intervention’ and took over the AIRIT airplay website in an attempt to force the CBAA to back down on a proposed restructure, which AMRAP says would spread its members across numerous CBAA departments. 

Led by manager Chris Johnson, AMRAP members vacated the CBAA offices to establish ‘The Republic of AMRAP’, saying: 

“To be clear, we have not hijacked Amrap. We have formed The Republic as a peaceful but public intervention. We’re using our own money to rent the Republic of Amrap Space.

“We are using personal resources and are volunteering our time to protect this publicly funded asset, and to work for the amazing artists and broadcasters that rely on Amrap…” 

In a statement to radioinfo, a CBAA spokesperson said: 

“The CBAA Board made the difficult decision to terminate the employment of six Amrap staff members following breaches of their employment contracts in recent weeks.

“The CBAA remains committed to delivering Amrap and its services as it has over the past two decades. Andrew Khedoori has come on board to assist with this. He brings almost 30 years community radio experience with him, with around half that as 2ser’s Music Director.”

Some commentary on social media has been critical of the decision: 

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