Vale Deirdre Cobbin

Danny Chifley, 17th October 2018

It is with great sadness that the CBAA acknowledge the passing of broadcaster Deirdre Cobbin (known on air as Ruby Vincent) on the evening of Sunday 14 October 2018.

Deirdre was a long time contributor to the community broadcasting sector.

In addition to her work as a a Senior Lecturer in the School of Medical and Molecular Sciences at UTS, Deirdre was a long time grassroots environmental activist, presenting the program A Question of Balance every Tuesday night on Sydney's 2ser as well as via the Community Radio Network. The program began in 2005 on and has been distributed to community stations around the country since 2008.

A Question of Balance promoted itself as the 'environmental program with a difference'. While the program dealt with important environmental issues, it strived to be as optimistic as possible, using this approach to mobilise the community to support this important issue.

2ser Program Director Anthony Dockrill was quoted in RadioInfo as saying:

"It’s a very sad day today at 2ser. A Question of Balance was not only a much loved program but also a unique voice on Australian radio. Deirdre not only made our ecology into great radio, she helped raise awareness about what was in danger of being lost every week. Deirdre was always a force for good and very much loved by the 2ser family."

On behalf of the CBAA and the community broadcasting sector, we pass on our condolences to Deirdre's family and friends.

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