Earlier this month, our new President Ian Hamm and CEO Ian Stanistreet proudly participated in the Community Broadcasting Sector Roundtable hosted by the CBAA. They joined delegates from the six national community media sector organisations – CBAA, RPH Australia, First Nations Media Australia, CMAA, NEMBC and ACTA in robust discussion about the future of community media and reflection on the Roundtable after six years’ operation.
The CBAA presented its draft Forward Agenda for sector leadership and reported on its recent activities including continuing work on the Codes of Practice Review, correspondence with ACMA on unused frequencies and its submission to the ACMA’s Future Delivery of Radio consultation.
Updates were provided by ACTA on the community television sector’s current position and future plans; and by the Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO) on their 2019-20 training plans, and early consultation and initial planning for the development and delivery of Leadership and Enterprise Training.
Our President Ian Hamm spoke about his reasons for joining the CBF and his belief that community media needed to secure long-term diverse sources of support that would underpin stability and sustainability. Ian also provided the Roundtable with information on the CBF’s Supporting Station Resilience Review and highlighted the CBF’s independent external reviews as important research and analysis that helps to improve grant-making processes and better meet community media need.
An opportunity for open discussion and collaboration, the Sector Roundtable ensures we’re all working toward maintaining Australia’s reputation as a world leader in community broadcasting.