The future of free-to-air broadcasting is digital – but for community radio stations, that future is now at risk.
Unless the Federal Government addresses a $1.4m funding shortfall in the upcoming budget to support current community digital radio services in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth many vital community services will have to be switched off.
CBAA President Adrian Basso says “any cuts to our digital radio services would be disastrous for media diversity, specialist programming and local and Australian content’.
The Commit to Community Radio campaign calls on Senator Conroy and the Government to commit to a digital future for community radio.
Community broadcasters should be entitled to affordable access to digital radio alongside the national and commercial radio sectors.
It’s critical for the future of all community broadcasters that we maintain our current community digital radio services and are not left behind in a digital broadcasting future.
For more information and to join the Commit to Community Radio Campaign go to committocommunityradio.org.au