Community radio stations across the country could be forced off air if the Commission of Audit recommendation to scrap funding for the Community Broadcasting Program is accepted by the Government.
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia President Adrian Basso said the recommendation, if adopted, would put stations right across the country at serious risk.
“The recommendation from the Commission of Audit shows a complete lack of understanding of the community broadcasting sector and the significant contribution it makes to media diversity in the country,” Mr Basso said.
“For local communities, community broadcasting is vital. It plays a crucial role in providing a voice for communities that aren’t adequately serviced by other broadcasting sectors including Indigenous Australians, ethnic communities, the print and vision impaired, young people and seniors.