Community radio services are coming to digital radio in Australia this week. Community stations in Melbourne, Victoria; Sydney, New South Wales; Adelaide, South Australia; Brisbane, Queensland; and Perth, Western Australia, have joined commercial and public-service stations in broadcasting DAB+ digital radio services.
A formal national launch event is scheduled for May 13 at Triple R in Melbourne. Founded in 1976, Triple R is one of the oldest community broadcasters in Australia.
“Every week, millions of Australians tune into community radio to enjoy information and entertainment that speaks directly to their heart and their community. So, after years of lobbying, it is a great moment to witness the first community stations enter the digital radio age,” stated Adrian Basso, president of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. “The CBAA looks forward to working with the Federal Government and community radio stations to ensure all community stations are included in any future roll out of digital radio.”