Communications Minister promises streamlined licence process for community broadcasters

At today’s Community Broadcasting Association Conference n Cairns, Communications Minister Michelle Rowland promised to streamline the licence renewal process for community radio broadcasters.

“I plan to introduce a bill aimed at providing greater regulatory clarity and certainty… it will also streamline the ACMA’s licencing processes,” she said.

Minister Rowland discussed the government’s $20 million commitment to the community broadcasting sector, announced in this week’s budget, telling conference delegatesn that the funding “will give the sector the certainty it needs.”

“It will help to ensure that more local content reaches more diverse audiences… it will also support enhanced services, news and upskilling of volunteers.

“Audiences trust community radio stations and the volunteers who run them.”

She talked about her visit to Braidwood FM and praised their crucial work during the bushfires.

“Strong community broadcasters build strong communities,” she said.


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28 Oct 2022 - 4:24 pm

About bloody time.

And while the ” minister ” is at it how about helping community radio going ” digital”.

Unlike Mal Turnbull who gave community TV the flick after ” pressure” from all the comercial networks.

31 Oct 2022 - 11:39 am

… don’t let the facts get in the way of a good political rant will you Mick … community TV was given “the flick” from the digital channel by the ALP’s Stephen Conroy in his 2012 “Convergence Review”, but they were given until the end of 2014 when, guess what, the coalition were in government hence Turnbull copped the blame for Conroy’s policy decision …


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