JOY 94.9FM under threat by budget recommendations
The Commission of Audit released last week has advised the government to abolish funding from the Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF), which could threaten the future of LGBTI radio station JOY 94.9.
The station, which receives grants from the CBF, could find it difficult to operate if the Government abolishes funding to the Foundation and might have to switch off the microphones if the recommendation is followed.
“Like all community broadcasters, JOY 94.9 was very disheartened to read the Commission of Audit's recommendation last week to abolish funding to the Community Broadcasting Program. If the Government adopts this recommendation, community stations like ours right across the country will be put at real risk” JOY 94.9 General Manager, Conrad Browne told MCV.
“For JOY, it will mean less opportunities to do specialised and collaborative outside broadcasts and focused programming, reduce professional and volunteer development plus introduce increased infrastructure costs regarding broadcasting transmission” he said.
Jon Bissett, general manager of CBAA told online news site Mumbrella the impact of any cuts to the CBF would be dramatic.
“This will have a significant impact. This funding is taken by more than 150 stations around the country for various things that would be put at significant risk,” said Bissett.
The rationale given within the report was that:
“The Commonwealth Government already provides over $1 billion per annum to the operation of the public broadcasters. There is a limited rationale for the Commonwealth to also subsidise community radio services. Continued government funding of this area does not meet the Report’s principles of good governance.”
The Communications Minister had not responded to enquiries from MCV at the time of posting.
The federal budget is released this week.
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