Community Radio Funding
The community broadcasting sector welcomes the Federal Government’s decision to increase sector funding.
Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield announced additional targeted funding for digital radio ($2m in 2018/19) and a further $2.2m focused on support for stations affected by the re-organisation of the 803-960 MHz radio frequency band.
The community radio sector recorded a record national listenership in 2017, with 5.3 million – or 1 in 4 – Australians tuning in each week. 450+ community radio services across the country provide a voice for those not adequately serviced by other broadcasters.
These stations contribute to public interest outcomes and media diversity, generate high levels of local and specialist content, and provide opportunities for participation in free-to-air media. Community Broadcasting Association of Australia CEO Jon Bisset says that this additional funding support will secure the sector’s involvement in digital broadcasting across this period.