Campaign Launches To Restore Funding To Community Radio

9 May 2016 | 1:53 pm | Staff Writer

Listen up, Malcolm and Bill

The community broadcasting sector has launched a campaign, Keep Community In Your Radio, to restore community radio funding after this week's Federal Budget cuts.

From a place of safety a couple of years ago, the Federal Budget saw a $1.4 million drop in funding to the Community Broadcasting Program which currently keeps community radio stations broadcasting on digital across Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Keep Community In Your Radio aims to rally community support during the election campaign, to maintain community radio's standing alongside public and commercial broadcasters.

"Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten, as a supporter of community radio I'm asking you to reinstate funding to keep community radio on digital if you win government," the petition reads.

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"Community radio serves so many Australians; from radio reading for people with a print disability to programming in the different languages spoken across out country, to Indigenous broadcasters, faith based stations, regional stations and youth stations."

As it stands, the petition currently has over 15,500 signatures.

The campaign can be found here, on Facebook, Twitter and across the internet via #keepcommunityradio.