SYN switch off signal
SYN Media in Melbourne have switched off both its analogue and digital radio services as of 4pm this afternoon, to illustrate what it calls 'the future of community broadcasting' if the Federal Government does not address the shortfall in digital community radio funding.
All of the regular programming on SYN have been replaced with a message on repeat explaining to listeners why SYN believes community radio is under threat.
SYN General Manager Tahlia Azaria commented;
“We need to do everything we can to get the message about the Commit to Community Radio campaign out there. So far over 40,000 people have pledged their support for a digital future but Senator Conroy isn’t one of them, and we don’t think that’s good enough”
During today, SYN broadcasters took to the streets dressed as dinosaurs to spread the message of upcoming community radio extinction, and with it, their future in the sector, if the funding shortfall is not addressed.
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You can find out more information about the Commit to Community Radio campaign here.