Wednesday March 13 is Commit To Community Radio day and all the sector wants you to do is to support their campaign and sign up at at committocommunityradio.org.au
The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia requires funding of $3.6 million per year to maintain digital radio infrastructure for the 37 metropolitan community radio stations that hold digital licenses.
Having previously committed to the full amount of funding, in the May 2012 federal budget, the Government committed to only $2.2 million per year, for four years, leaving a $1.4 million per year shortfall.
The Commit to Community Radio campaign has been established to get this $1.4 million shortfall addressed. At only about $40,000 per station per year, it’s really not a lot of money in the scheme of things. Unaddressed, this shortfall is likely to see community digital radio services switched off.
On Wednesday March 13, stations are going into special broadcasting mode and will be asking people to commit to community radio all day long and asking listeners to sign up to the campaign at committocommunityradio.org.au
It is really important to make the point now because it is unlikely that such a campaign will be likely to achieve success if there is a change of government on September 14.