The Community Broadcasting Foundation’s CEO, Ian Stanistreet, has announced his retirement.
Ian’s 40-year career in community radio started in 1980, first as a volunteer in the early years of Melbourne’s 3PBS and later as the station’s first Manager until 1988. He worked as a trainer at Ballarat’s 3BBB-FM in 1990 and then spent eight years as Manager of 2MCE-FM in Bathurst where he was instrumental in establishing the community radio sector’s news service – National Radio News (NRN).
Ian also served on the CBAA’s National Committee and is a past President of the Community Broadcasting Association of Victoria and Secretary of the Northern NSW Community Media Association.
Joining the CBF as its Executive Director in 2000 provided Ian with an opportunity to contribute to a rapidly developing community broadcasting sector in a new role.
Working for the CBF has been my dream job in many ways. While the challenges have at times been significant and complex the rewards have been much greater at both a personal and professional level. As with the community broadcasting sector itself, it’s the people who make the difference. I’ve enjoyed the rare privilege of working with so many others who share my passion for community broadcasting, who understand the contribution it makes to our society every single day on so many levels, and who remain strongly committed to its continuation and development.
The Board have started the process of finding a new CEO. Ian will officially retire following the appointment and induction of a CEO later this year.