Congratulations to new CAAMA CEO Karl Hampton

hfriedlander, 8th March 2017

The Board, staff and membership of Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA) congratulate Karl Hampton on his appointment as the new CEO of Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA).

Karl brings extensive experience to this role, including having been the Member for Stuart in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly from 2006 until 2012. During this time he served in several Ministerial portfolios, including Minister for Environment, Regional Development, Sport and Recreation, Central Australia and Information, Communications and Technology Policy. Karl Hampton

Karl’s management experience spans organisations such as Ngurratjuta, Ninti One, the Commonwealth Public Service, Tangentyere Council and the Central Land Council. Karl has a good knowledge of CAAMA, as he previously served as Chair of the organisation from 2013-16. Karl has also been Chair of Imparja Television and served on the Boards of several other local organisations, including the Board of IRCA since 2014.

IRCA’s Assistant Manager Jennifer Nixon said: “It is good to see a prominent leader from a Central Australian family take over the helm at CAAMA. As well as working closely with Karl in his current role as an IRCA Board member, we look forward to also working with him in his new role as CEO of one of the original and largest Indigenous media organisations in Australia”.

IRCA is currently expanding its role and representation to become the national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media. In May this year the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Media Summit will be held in Alice Springs. This will provide an opportunity for nationwide industry members to set the future direction of the sector and help shape the new peak body. IRCA will deliver outcomes that build upon its achievements over the last 15 years in representing and resourcing the remote sector. IRCA looks forward to continuing its work with CAAMA to support the Aboriginal-owned media services it provides to the people of Central Australia and across Australia.

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Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA), the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media, holds its national conference next week from 13-15 March.


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