State of the Sector Report

State of the Community Radio Sector Report

CBAA Communications, 8th May 2019
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Welcome the State of the Community Radio Sector Report 2019.

The first of its kind, the State of the Sector report brings together a range of data sources to provide insights into Australia’s largest independent media sector, a key pillar in local broadcasting and internationally recognised example of grassroots media – community broadcasting.

It shows the sector’s important contribution to the diversity, inclusiveness and social cohesion that characterises Australia’s open society and reinforces its cultural vibrancy by:

  • Providing a voice to communities not adequately served by other broadcasters.
  • Giving a platform to a diverse range of viewpoints that enrich our social and cultural fabric and promote media diversity.
  • Providing social inclusion, local community participation and media access in the public interest.
  • Supporting local content production and delivering content tailored to the needs and interest of local communities.

This report encompasses data for a period of significant success and ongoing challenges. With more stations and listeners than ever, it is evident that community radio remains ever important to Australians and provides services that address identified community needs and interests.

View the report here. PDF icon CBAA State of the Community Radio Sector Report 2019.pdf

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Abstract
This paper examines the changing contribution of local radio to the democratic process in Australia. It takes the whole local area approach suggested by the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, to examine all the services available in three regional areas to assess their potential in facilitating public sphere discussion, disputation and deliberation, and (since the common assumption is that deregulation severely curtailed these processes) it does this in a historical frame, comparing the changes in services from 1976 to 2001. Because of its strengths in the analysis of relationships between the state (public) and private sectors, Habermas’s public sphere theory is used to frame this discussion. Recent theoretical extensions have also seen the welcome elaboration of issues of power (Fraser, 1992, 2000) and the inclusion of a new and subtle range of cultural issues (Peters, 1993; McGuigan, 1997, 2004; Keane, 1998) inside its developing literature.