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KEEP COMMUNITY RADIO – Community radio Screwed in 2016 Federal Budget!

Rob Greaves
Rob Greaves
I have been with the Toorak Times since April 2012. I worked as Senior Editor of the Toorak Times until 2023, when I retired. I now work as a special features contributor for both the Toorak Times and Tagg. I've been in the Australian music scene as a musician since 1964, and have worked in radio and TV and newspapers (when they were actually printed on paper) as well as working in the film industry, as the Film Unit manager on Homicide for several years. I also have extensive experience in audio production and editing.

keep community radio - community radio screwed in 2016 federal budget!The following has been received from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia – who thanks to the 2016 federal budget, has been royally screwed again.

This Government can only get away with this if we, the community, keep quiet.

Please read carefully and assist in any way you can. Without Community Radio, we are stuffed!


CBAA launches campaign in response to cuts in Federal Budget – we need your help !

The Federal Budget has failed to maintain funding for metropolitan community digital radio services in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. The CBAA has launched a campaign to show just how much support there is for our sector and how important it is to secure our digital future.

We really need your help! Will you get involved?

The Federal Budget contains cuts of $1.4 million p.a., funding that currently keeps community radio stations broadcasting on digital in 5 capital cities. Community radio’s standing alongside public and commercial broadcasters is at risk.

It’s not a lot of money in the scheme of things but this decision to exclude community broadcasters from digital radio puts our sector’s future at risk.

Because we’re about to go to an election, we think both the Government and Labor will be paying more attention than usual and we plan to be very loud in those key seats that both sides are battling hard for. These seats are won and lost by just a few hundred votes, so every voice counts.

Will you join our campaign to Keep the Community in Your Radio by signing this petition so we can show the Prime Minister these cuts don’t have community support?

Without this funding community radio will get kicked off digital but we refuse to be left in the last century.

Please, sign here and make sure your friends know about it so they can sign it too.
In the midst of a very close election campaign I believe we can turn this funding shortfall around, but the only thing that will make a difference is you, and everyone who cares about the future of community radio.

Keep the Community in Your Radio by adding your voice.

How you can get involved ?

  1. Sign our petition
  2. Share our Facebook post on your station pag
  3. Forward this email to others at your station
  4. Tweet using our hashtag – #keepcommunityradio


I’ll be in touch again soon to let you know how we go.

Thanks,

Jon Bisset
Chief Executive Officer
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia

 

Rob Greaves

I have been with the Toorak Times since April 2012. I worked as Senior Editor of the Toorak Times until 2023, when I retired. I now work as a special features contributor for both the Toorak Times and Tagg. I've been in the Australian music scene as a musician since 1964, and have worked in radio and TV and newspapers (when they were actually printed on paper) as well as working in the film industry, as the Film Unit manager on Homicide for several years. I also have extensive experience in audio production and editing.

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