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Further funding for community digital radio announced!

Alex White, 26th June 2013

Community digital radio stations are breathing a sigh of relief today, after the Federal Government announced it will rectify the funding shortfall that has been threatening the future of current services.  The announcement comes following a community campaign calling on the government to rectify the annual $1.4 million operational funding shortfall which was created after the 2012 Federal Budget.  

The Federal Government’s commitment will provide $6 million in funding over three years to enable community digital radio services to stay on air.  President of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, Adrian Basso said the decision is a fantastic outcome for community radio stations and listeners and a big boost to media diversity in Australia.  “Thanks to the tens of thousands of people who stood up and showed just how important community radio is to communities right across Australia, community radio now has a digital future,” Mr Basso said.  

“It’s fantastic that the Federal Government has listened to the needs of the community and delivered the funding required to keep digital community radio services up and running. This is a sign that the Federal Government is serious about supporting media diversity in Australia. There’s been a long-standing government commitment to ensuring community broadcasting has affordable access to digital platforms. This announcement makes good on those commitments. Supporters of the Commit to Community Radio campaign sent tens of thousands of emails to politicians calling on them to commit to giving community radio services a secure future, and they’ve finally delivered.”

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