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Senate shows support for Community TV


The Australia Senate has supported a Greens motion for public consultation and a spectrum lifeline for Australia's community TV and radio broadcasting sector.

"Malcolm Turnbull seems to be telling community TV broadcasters to try their luck amidst the wreckage of the Coalition's Broadband policy," said Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

"Not good enough: the sector needs and deserves continuity past 2015, and that means a guaranteed spectrum allocation. Imagine if the Minister had told the commercial broadcasters to take their chances on YouTube.

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Greens Plan to Support local Community Broadcasting

Today on Perth community radio station RTR FM, the Australian Greens launched a $27million package to support our independent and diverse community media sector.

"Media diversity is vital to the health of our democracy and in this country media diversity is in retreat and community broadcasting provides a vital voice for local people and issues," said Senator Scott Ludlam.

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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.

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Budget win for public broadcasters, communication breakdown for community radio

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam welcomed Budget boosts for public broadcasters ABC and the SBS while condemning the Government's failure to support community radio.

"The Government is refusing to fund the Digital Radio Program (DRP) which means some community broadcasters face closure. It's a relatively tiny amount of money: $1.4 million to keep all our community broadcasters on the air.

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Press conference on media reforms.

CHRISTINE MILNE: We're on the cusp of securing media reform in Australia. This is something that the Greens have been campaigning for, working for, for a long time, negotiating in good faith. I'm pleased to say that we have reached an agreement with the government on two major areas of concern.

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Greens won't be bullied on media reform

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam. 17 March 2013.

The Greens will not be bullied by big media interests or constrained by arbitrary timelines on Labor's media reform proposals, communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"We need to focus on getting it right - regardless of ultimatums from the Minister and hysteria from certain media proprietors. Our overriding objective is to protect media diversity in Australia."

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