In an interview on Melbourne community radio station 89.9 Light FM, Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield announced more targeted funding for digital radio ($1.9m in 2017/18 and $2m in 2018/19) and $2.2m more for stations affected by the reorganisation of the 803-960 MHz radio frequency band.
Giordana Caputo, CEO of the Community Media Training Organisation believes that the funding has come at an extremely important time.
“This funding announcement comes at a crucial time for community radio as we face the challenge of competing for space in a changing media landscape. Community radio is now more relevant than ever as an independent source of news and entertainment. This funding commitment demonstrates the value of our sector to the whole community.”
This additional funding will aid the costs associated with the reorganisation of the 803-960 MHz radio frequency band and will relieve some of the stresses these community-owned, not-for profit organisations encounter. It is especially essential for regional and rural community stations as it will help maintain the infrastructure they need to keep their lights on.
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