Foreign Affairs funding for Radio Australia: ALP’s Kevin Rudd

Shadow Foreign Affairs minister Kevin Rudd has announced the ALP’s foreign affairs policy, which includes some good news for Radio Australia.

Rudd says Labor will invest $6 million over two years to “rebuild and enhance Radio Australia’s programming capacity.”

Labor will also “investigate” the return of the Cox Peninsula transmitters to public control for use by Radio Australia, following the expiration of the current lease between the Howard Government and the Christian broadcaster Christian Vision, “so that Radio Australia can once again return to an extensive broadcast footprint across the Asia Pacific Region.”

Labor wants to “set a long term strategic objective for Radio Australia and Asia Television to become ‘the BBC of Asia’ – with an unrivalled reputation for integrity, independence and credibility” and has promised $3.5m over two years to achieve that goal.