National Radio News

National Radio News

National Radio News provides hourly news bulletins 06:00-19:00 EST Monday to Friday, and 06:00-12:00 EST weekends, to subscriber stations across Australia, via the Community Radio Network satellite.

Our aim is to deliver an authoritative news service. Our editorial judgment is genuinely independent, impartial, and not geographically centric. Our bulletins are made specifically for the community broadcasting sector.

About NRN

National Radio News is produced in Bathurst NSW. The 3 full-time journalists are supported by cadets from Charles Sturt University. Former cadets have moved on to media organisations such as ABC, Sky News, Channel 9, Channel 7, and even in ministerial offices as media advisers.

NRN covers national and international news, partly with the help of the BBC, Sky News and Australian Associated Press (AAP). Many subscriber stations are in regional Australia, so there's a particular focus on the information needs of people who live outside the big cities. Each bulletin is 4-minutes long and it's a mix of national and international news plus sport and finance.

The service commenced on March 31, 1997 and is available to all stations with satellite reception equipment and access to the CBAA’s Community Radio Network satellite service. Currently at least 80 stations in every state and territory in Australia subscribe to the service.

Subscribing to NRN

National Radio News is a non-profit enterprise and is available to any radio station connected to the Australia-wide Community Radio Network satellite service. Trial periods may be negotiated for stations thinking about subscribing to the service.

There is a progressive pricing structure which aims to charge stations according to their means as measured by gross annual revenue. There are two components to the fee:

  1. the NRN fee on which a 25% discount is available to CBAA members, and
  2. the AAP fee on which there is not (because AAP sets the charge).

The service is available as a total package only. The cost of the service can be covered by local sponsorship. Marketing information based on community stations experience in securing local news sponsorship is available to interested stations. Many subscriber stations are generating revenue for themselves over and above the cost of the service.

For more information contact NRN on 02 6338 4647 or by emailing

NRN is supported by the Community Broadcasting Foundation, the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, Charles Sturt University, and 2MCE-FM