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Australia Faces Budget Shortfall for Digital Local Radio

CBAA protests loss of funding with ‘Commit to Community Radio’ campaign

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia has launched a campaign, which they hope will motivate the government to procure $1.4 million dollars in additional funding for digital community radio over four years.

The CBAA’s “Commit to Community Radio” is designed to emphasize what the budget shortfall will mean for the future of the country’s community radio services, and the organization is reaching out to Sen. Conroy and the federal government to prevent the funding loss.

“Community radio plays an integral role in shaping a better and fairer Australia through its contribution to media diversity, local content and unique programs broadcast to more than a quarter of Australians every week,” said CBAA President Adrian Basso. “The public benefit our sector provides is immense, yet the public purse outlay is very modest. Join our campaign and take action to help ensure our sector has a digital radio broadcasting future.”

The CBAA argues that community broadcasters are entitled to affordable access to digital radio, just as national and commercial broadcasters are.