Ian Stanistreet retired from his position as CEO of the Community Broadcasting Foundation yesterday, after exactly 20 years in the job.
Ian has spent almost 40 years in community radio, beginning as a volunteer at 3PBS in Melbourne, later becoming the stations first employee and Station Manager.
Among his achievements was the training program he designed for the long-term unemployed while at Ballarat’s 3BBB, and after moving to 2MCE Bathurst he was instrumental in establishing the community broadcasting sector’s National Radio News (NRN) service.
Ian served on the CBAA’s National Committee, is a past President of the Community Broadcasting Association of Victoria and was Secretary of the Northern NSW Community Media Association.
A fierce champion for the guiding principles of community broadcasting, Ian completely transformed the way CBF grants are managed through the introduction of online grant applications and the implementation of a new funding structure and governance model.
In 2017, Ian won the CBAA Michael Law Award for his significant contribution to community broadcasting and he says, “Community broadcasting is one of the most important resources within our society. It builds connections at so many levels – individually, organisationally, as well as within and across communities. It’s all about belonging.”
The CBF has appointed Jo Curtin as its new Chief Executive Officer.