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Anthony The Koala
8 December 2020 - 9:25am
Based on the results at https://www.gfk.com/hubfs/ANZ%20MEDIA/AU/Metro%20Survey%20Summary%20Reports/2020/Survey%208/GfK_Summary%20Report%20Sydney_Survey%208%202020.pdf?hsLang=en , here is the summary.

2CH - the move from AM to DAB+ only. It is the top rating DAB+ station. Calculating it's cumes, 101/691*100 = 14%. Perhaps the highest rating compared to 5% when it was an AM-only station.

2GB - the market leader. Ben on 17.1% on his own right. The rest of the ratings, management called it correctly. Deborah Knight is registering higher ratings than the previous presenter.

Again, radical changes to programming is a two-edged sword. In this case for 2GB , it worked.

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting Belfield
Will Survey 8 be more Q than A?
David
8 December 2020 - 8:48am
It's not a bad strategy but will depend upon how much of the audience is in the mood for fun in 2021. As a listener, I feel my demographic wants charm, which is a little different from fun. 2021 will be 2020FUN for SCA says Dave Cameron
Anthony The Koala
8 December 2020 - 6:56am
5G, may well be "old hat" by 2030. In the SMH, 8-12-2020 https://www.smh.com.au/technology/nokia-leads-a-6g-wireless-project-for-european-union-20201208-p56lgm.html the engineers are preparing for 6G technology by 2030.

It is not all one particular entity such as Nokia involved in 6G. Engineers are developing a transistor which can operate in the W-band at 95GHz, source,
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8962214. Currently engineers in Argentina and China are experimenting with 6G satellite communications, source, https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/china-launches-worlds-first-6g-experiment-satellite/2034321 .

The latency of the 6G service is expected to be 1000 times faster (1ms) than 5G, and also operate in the Terhertz band source, https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1909/1909.11315.pdf#:~:text=The%20capacity%20of%206G%20cellular,high%20data%20rates%20%5B32%5D. , page 2 of 12.

Given the potential for higher speed wireless communication, I still posit that fibre-optic communication will be faster than wireless because the wavelength of light is several times shorter than the wavelength of 6G resulting in more data capacity.

Given that engineers/physicists have developed transistors being able to operate at frequencies in terrahertz (THz), it would not surprise me that these transistors will operate in the light frequency.

Remember that the limitation of speed on fibre-optic networks is the speed of the electronics on both ends of the fibre-optic cable.

I know, because when I studied science at Macquarie University, I received a top mark in a fibre-optic laboratory for the limitations in speed of fibre-optic communications.

Thank you,
Anthony of researching Belfield
ACMA's report on the future delivery of radio
Anthony The Koala
8 December 2020 - 5:45am
It's is truly remarkable how CHY is a provider of news not only for the Coffs Harbour region. CHY could well be another training ground for electronic journalism. This is notwithstanding the National Radio News from 2MCE (Bathurst),

Sources:
https://www.cbaa.org.au/national-radio-news and https://arts-ed.csu.edu.au/NRN/home

For CHY it is a great achievement, in what started as a youth station under the care of the Coffs Harbour Salvation Army delivering its radio programs via a subscription/sponsorship model delivered via telephone lines, it is now a source of news.

It demonstrates that community radio is a great training ground for future media personnel, should commercial media expand its news service. Community radio is a great source giving is audience what they want where commercial media, regional or capital city or the ABC do not provide.

Thank you,
Anthony of in praise of community radio, Belfield which is also exciting.
Local news service for CHY FM begins on Monday
StJohn
7 December 2020 - 9:49pm
I recall ABC radio had major bulletins of 15 minutes, then reduced to a single 07:00 morning news bulletin of 10 min and all other bulletins 5 minutes. How do we get local metro news outside of Sydney in such a short bulletin?

How long are your local news bulletins?

As you may be aware, the Bateman's Bay tower was burnt during the fires early this year. This took out the ABC local radio transmitter (fed from Bega) but on the same tower is mobile phones including the use of the ABC Emergency app, as well as emergency services. On such towers carry TV and wireless NBN is common in regional areas. Did any of your transmitters on Mt MOOMBIL off air because the power line through the thick bush was burnt down?

Lastly can your program and Radio National be received in stereo from the Mt Moombil tower?
Local news service for CHY FM begins on Monday
Wendy Jane
4 December 2020 - 9:56am
Love how you have been able to incorporate so many bird puns into the story!
Seriously, I hope that pigeon radio finds somewhere safe to roost.
Fancy a show about pigeons on your radio station?
Benjamin_S
3 December 2020 - 1:52pm
Great to hear about more news content in Coffs! Best of luck to 2CHY!
Just for clarity, the quote that ‘the ABC station takes news from Sydney’ is misleading in that it suggests that there is now no local news. In fact, the ABC has increased its local news presence in Coffs Harbour, with two news reporters and two features reporters based in Coffs Harbour, providing locally produced bulletins every weekday morning, as well as providing local content into the local breakfast program between 6.15 and 10am, and then providing local content throughout the day on air and online at www.abc.net.au/coffscoast. Cheers, Benjamin, ABC Coffs Coast.
Local news service for CHY FM begins on Monday
Anthony The Koala
3 December 2020 - 4:58am
Generally, community stations play a role in covering local news, issues and music not covered by the commercial radio and ABC.

If you tune your AM dial (frequency changer) in the late evening and midnight-to-dawn, you will hear regional stations sounding alike because the program content is sourced from the capital city networks.

Legally, the regional stations, sections 43B and 43C of the Broadcast Services Act (Cth) ('BSA'), source https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2020C00364, allow non-regional content between 1800 and 0600, ss43C(1) and (8) BSA. Metropolitan stations do not have the requirement that its source program comes from the local market, s61C, BSA. It is perfectly legal for a station in Sydney to broadcast to Brisbane as exemplified until recently by 2GB broadcasting to 4BC.

So, the author is correct that there is "...nothing to suggest..." any illegality by the community radio sector.

The ACMA is acting within the law. By the ACMA granting extended coverage of community stations with repeater stations is lawful. If there is a consequential concern about encroachment into commercial radio territory, then the commercial radio can lobby our Federal MPs into modifying the legislation, schedules of the underlying act (BSA), and regulations to provide scope on the range of discretion allowed by the ACMA and Federal Minister.

Having said that, if there is to be local coverage, the regional stations don't have to have a local presence between 1800 and 0600 by law. If more local coverage is required, then the legislation, should change.

Generally most regional stations are owned by 'capital city' conglomerates
and may lobby for less local presence and centralize programming. But I cannot read the mind and will of the 'capital city' conglomerates.

When it comes to presentation of programs on community radio, the presenters have to undergo a training program conducted by the community station or by an external provider. Presenters should sound professional and not sound like rank amateurs. Sounding professional is not the exclusive domain of the commercial stations and the ABC.

Furthermore, the author criticises an SA community radio station run by former commercial radio professionals especially in raising sponsorship funds for the station.

Recall that sponsorship of community radio by IS NOT raising funds for commercials. The lines between a commercial and a sponsorship announcement may be blurred with the resulting sponsorship announcement sounding like a commercial. A community station can be reprimanded by the ACMA or have its licence suspended or cancelled if it violates the law.

I commented on on this site about the distinction between a sponsorship announcement and a commercial. The announcement can declare the types of goods and/or services with the announcement "....XYZ is a proud sponsor of station name...." But the announcement cannot compare one firm with another firm, NOR can it talk about the qualities of the product and/or service.

Then there is nothing to stop the announcement from sounding professional.

The author makes a valid comment about the possible encroachment of community radio audiences into the commercial radio station's audience. There are market forces, being the regional audience. The community station may well 'eat' into the commercial station's audience because of more local issues discussed and the kinds of music not covered by the commercial station and ABC.

The fault for the loss of regional station's audience lies with the mind and will of the station's management regardless of the location of the registered office of the radio station. The community radio station is giving what the regional audience wants while the commercial station is not, especially if the station is networked from outside the regional area.

Finally, financial management of a radio station, whether community or commercial is important. This site reported on a multicultural community station in Victoria closing because it ran out of funds.

On the other hand the author was critical of an Indigenous radio network, QRAM and its plans being funded by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

However, there is nothing illegal about QRAM expanding. I refer to my earlier paragraph that they are acting according to the law and if there is a concern about taking over a commercial radio station's audience, then the commercial radio stations whether the industry or the affected local commercial regional stations, should then lobby Federal MPs.

As it is, the expansion of Indigenous community radio providing local Indigenous communities may well be the provider of "to provide information, entertainment and a sense of belonging to remote indigenous communities on Cape York..." and beyond. Are the commercial stations covering Indigenous information, entertainment and a sense of belonging? To a limited extent the ABC may allocate a few hours a week, but not 24/7.

In addition there is nothing illegal in QRAM using professional staff to raising sponsorship.

In summary, I see no problem with community radio expanding and fulfiling an audience that is not catered by regional commercial radio, this is especially when many regional stations are networked from the capital cities.

If there is a concern that the ACMA is allowing expansion of the community sector, the ACMA is acting according to law. If the BSA, its schedules, regulations and the discretion by the Federal Minister and the ACMA is the problem of allowing expansion of community radio then lobby Federal MPs to have the law changed. Otherwise, the community stations are acting LAWFULLY.

Thank you,
Anthony of very critical Belfield
Community Stations: Embracing the Concept of ‘MORE’
Horsy Hawkesbury
2 December 2020 - 4:01pm
Hmmm. One community station in my market which might be put into this category is Sydney"s Hope1032. They're a community licence, but pay their announcers and have an annual budget approaching $1.5M. A large part of this comes from listener financial support. They certainly place themselves as a player in the competitive Sydney market, but the problem is, much of their content is actually community radio standard or poorer, rather than commercial standard. One of my big bugbears is they allow announcers on air who are mediocre at best,and they don't seem to think radio content when emploting on air staff.

Hope1032 is a Christian station, and that's their focus, as far as I can work out, to employ people who want to be ministers and such rather than employing them because of their abilities. Where do we go from there?
Community Stations: Embracing the Concept of ‘MORE’
bradsmart
2 December 2020 - 12:55pm
Alaina. I don't have your contact details, but happy to talk if you want to call me 0418 311011. Brad Community Stations: Embracing the Concept of ‘MORE’

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