At their AGM this year, and with its eye on the future, a new name and positioning statement was chosen by the JOY membership, JOY Media Independently Out, Loud and Proud.
JOY reported the achievements of the financial year 2019-2020, including their navigation through the difficult COVID-19 period, and according to, President of JOY, David “Macca” McCarthy the pivotal change after the 2019 financial year was vital to the survival of the organisation.
With a new and refreshed board and new CEO, Ange Barry, JOY built its reach to 620,000 monthly listeners on 94.9 FM in Melbourne, grew its online streaming and social media base, reached 2.3 million podcast downloads worldwide, launched its new video streaming service, JOY TV, and picked up CBAA Community Broadcasting Awards and GLOBE awards for its content.
Looking forward to relocating to the Victorian Pride Centre in 2021, Barry said, “This year has been a time of reflection for JOY, enabling us to build a shared vision on our purpose, our participation and community engagement, and on how we sustain ourselves. …. a direction was set to review both our content offering and service provision to ensure JOY represents and serves the Rainbow community of today”.
JOY’s 150 volunteer content makers adapted speedily to the COVID 19 pandemic, creating and broadcasting their programs from homes across Victoria with the team’s achievements recognised with the Addam Stobbs Award for Broadcasting Excellence going to broadcaster Ti Butler, and the Anne Hamilton Award for Volunteering Excellence to Clayton Wimshurst.
The Minister for Health and Equality, Martin Foley, was awarded the inaugural President’s Award, in recognition for his commitment and contribution to JOY and to the LGBTIQA+ community.
The Minister was the guest speaker at the meeting, where he highlighted the achievements of the community to date, and the importance of continued work in building a more inclusive Australia.