The Board of the Liverpool-Fairfield Community Radio Co-operative Limited met on Saturday morning to discuss the possible implications of the Commission of Audit’s recommendation to abolish all Federal Government funding for the Community Broadcasting sector.
This will have a significant impact on our services if the recommendation is adopted in the upcoming budget. At present we are not aware of the Government’s stance on the issue. There has been no consultation with stations or any comment from the Government on the matter.
This is what we are doing in response to the recommendation:
· We strongly urge you to support the campaign being run by the CBF and CBAA – “Commit to Community Radio.” More details are available on their website. Please share this link on Social Media and e-mail Joe Hockey your thoughts.
· The CSA for the campaign will be uploaded into the system tonight and available for airplay.
· Contact your local Federal MP with your concerns and highlight the impacts on your audience if the funding is reduced or withdrawn.
· The Liverpool Leader is also running a story on the possible impacts on the station, you can check it out online.
Community broadcasting is a vital part of the Australian media landscape. It makes a significant contribution to media diversity, generates high levels of local content, and provides a unique range of services and programs.
Community broadcasting has always been significantly self-funded. The level of ongoing Federal Government funding through the Community Broadcasting Program provides just 8.5 per cent of average station income. And the Federal Government provides no dedicated ongoing funding support for community television.
While modest, Federal Government policy and funding support is crucial to the sector’s ongoing operation and development.
We will keep you all updated as more information comes to hand.