Greens welcome digital win for community radio
The long running campaign for the future of digital community radio was finally given its due, securing the Federal funds needed to keep the vital service on the air in the nation's capitals.
Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam congratulated the community broadcasting sector for its tireless advocacy.
"This is a much deserved win for the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, the thousands of volunteers who keep our radio stations on the air, and all of their listeners," said Senator Ludlam.
"The Greens were disappointed that the May budget forgot the sector but continued to move motions in the Senate, joined the Commit to Community Radio campaign and petitioned the Prime Minister, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and Treasurer Wayne Swan.
"The Greens welcome the recognition for the diversity of news, views, music and technical skills development that community radio provides.
"The additional six million dollars over three years will see the 37 community stations in the State capitals get the upgrades they need to stay on the air and complete the transition to digital broadcasting.
"These are the stations that provide radio for the print handicapped, Aboriginal media, multicultural and non-English language programs, religious, educational and youth services and community access programs.
Senator Ludlam's motion to support community radio: http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/motions/support-digital-radio
Campaign for the 2013 budget: http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/funding-our-community-broadcasters