Phillip Randall

CBAA welcomes new President, Phillip Randall

Helen Henry, 16th November 2015

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia has this weekend welcomed a new President, Phillip Randall, and bid a fond farewell to Adrian Basso.

Phillip Randall takes the position in addition to his role as Chief Executive Officer of Hope 103.2, one of Sydney’s oldest community radio stations.

“I’m delighted to have this opportunity to serve the sector. Community broadcasting continues to play a vital role in Australian media and Australian communities. I look forward to working with the CBAA Board and wider sector to ensure that community broadcasting can continue to thrive,” said Randall.

After beginning his media career in Albany, WA, in 1977, Randall has had more than 35 years experience in media. Since 2007, he has been involved in the push for a digital radio future for community broadcasting and is the Chair of the Digital Radio Consultative Committee. Randall has been a CBAA Board member since 2008, and was most recently Vice President.

The CBAA has also farewelled outgoing President Adrian Basso, whose sustained and outstanding contribution to the community broadcasting sector was recognised at the 2015 CBAA Community Radio Awards over the weekend.

“As well as our ongoing activities to support community radio stations and the wider sector, Adrian has been instrumental in our Commit to Community Radio campaigns and an incredible champion for our cause. To Adrian, I say thank you for your support and confidence, and for the immense amount of time, energy and passion you have put into the role of President,” said CBAA Chief Executive Officer Jon Bisset.

Basso welcomes Phillip Randall’s appointment, saying, “I’m delighted that Phillip has been elected President. His experience and knowledge of the sector will be invaluable in the role and I wish him all the best.”

Following the CBAA’s Annual General Meeting, Melanie Withnall and Peter Rohweder retain their roles as Board Members.

Community broadcasting is a vital part of the Australian media landscape. More than 350 permanently licensed community radio stations across the country provide a diverse range of viewpoints that enrich the social and cultural fabric of Australian society and contribute to public interest outcomes, foster social inclusion, generate a high level of local content and contribute to media diversity. The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) champions community broadcasting by building stations’ capability and creating a healthy environment for the sector to thrive.

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