Community broadcasting

Community radio


Digital connections: a survey of Australian ethnic community broadcasting - preliminary report

This report presents the results of a national survey into ethnic community broadcasting stations around Australia. The survey was conducted online in English throughout 2022, and was open to station managers, ethnic program coordinators at generalist community radio stations, programmers, and ethnic community broadcasters.

Listening in: community media and the politics of listening

This final project report provides a snapshot of sovereign and self-determined voice in community media, with a focus on First Nations voices, refugee and asylum seeker voices, women of colour, migrant diaspora communities, and intersectional voices.

Community media destinations: spotlight on creative industries

This research project interrogates the experiences of people working in the creative and cultural industries - who spent significant time in the Australian community broadcasting sector. Examining the impact of community broadcasting participation on career pathways recognises the historical role that community radio stations have...

More than radio – a community asset: social return on investment analyses of Indigenous broadcasting services

The purpose of this project was to forecast the return on investment over three years of a very remote, a regional and an urban Indigenous Broadcasting Service (IBS) by understanding, estimating and valuing their impact on stakeholders.

Radio in the bush: a study of radio listening in remote Western Australia

The ACMA undertook quantitative research in 2016 to examine the role of AM radio in the contemporary communications environment. Radio in the bush—A study of radio listening in remote Western Australia explores the radio listening habits of people living in remote and very remote Western...

United we read radio story-time

This research project aims to explore how a story-time radio show might add value to the United We Read program, and investigate if such a radio show can further engage children in their love of reading, and assist parents’ involvement, regardless of their own levels...
Working paper

Powerhouse radio show: finding solutions to resettlement challenges through a pilot radio project

This working paper focuses on how engagement in media production, through a community radio project, can assist in the settlement experiences of young people of refugee background.
Audio presentation

Governing for innovation

In this seminar Chris K. Wilson argues that the 1992 Broadcasting Services Act inspired the formation of hundreds of new broadcasting organisations (particularly in the community radio sector), encouraged experimentation in broadcasting content, communication infrastructure configuration and media convergence, and impacted the cultural landscape beyond...

Media of the people: broadcasting community media in Australia

Provides an overview of Australia's community media sector, looking at its origins and composition and the problems it faces in light of the tasks it performs and the lack of resources available to it to deliver a media which is ‘of the people’ in terms...

Final evaluation of the Lafaek Community Media for Rural Economic Development

This report evaluates the 2010-2013 NZAP funded Lafaek Community Media for Rural Economic Development project undertaken in selected sucos (villages) and aldeias (communities) in the districts of Bobonaro, Covalima, Ermera, and Likisa in Timor Leste. Implemented by CARE International Timor Leste, the project aimed to...
Conference paper

Community participation in the development of digital radio: the Australian experience

This paper filters recent developments in digital radio policy and implementation through the perspectives of community radio stakeholders, obtained through interviews, to describe and analyse these constraints.

$15.3 million for town squares in a feudal broadband system

Forget media diversity in the fast broadband world. The new model for local media is top-down and centrally controlled.
Conference paper

According to the degree of influence': Why regional commercial radio is more heavily regulated than metropolitan commercial television

This paper considers the effects of the most recent changes to the broadcasting regulatory regime in Australia, and compares the outcomes for commercial television broadcasters with those for commercial radio broadcasters. It begins by reviewing the path to the current regime and highlighting the differences...

Quality/control: a new system for ethical media

Ellie Rennie would like to make the right decisions when it comes to media distribution and use, but some things just don't add up.

Community media and industry training survey results

This online survey of 351 media industry employees from across all media sectors provides a snapshot of educational qualifications, voluntary/work experience history and other factors which assisted media industry employees to make the transition to paid employment. The survey reveals that community media contributes substantially...

The impact of the intervention on NT Indigenous broadcasting

The new chair of the Australian Indigenous Communications Association, Jim Remedio, warns that the NT intervention is undermining Indigenous broadcasting, writes Ellie Rennie.

Tuning in to community broadcasting

This report examines key management and funding issues in the community broadcasting sector. It also examines regulation and sponsorship issues, the move to digital broadcasting and transmission fees issues.

The future of community television

What does the future hold for community television? It's shaking off its hokey image and gaining more and more viewers across Australia, but at the same time it's also beginning to lose audience share as consumers switch from analogue to digital. Marooned for the moment...
Journal article

RO-TV: process and participation

RO-TV is a community television program, produced in collaboration with Rotary WA that demonstrates the ideals and objectives of community media. This paper discusses the pilot series of RO-TV in both a theoretical and practical sense.
Journal article

A comparison of new British community radio stations with established Australian community radio stations

This paper examines a sample of new UK community radio stations and compares these with a sample of established Australian stations.
Journal article

The trouble with community radio research, or, how methodological setbacks can inform theoretical development

This paper describes the troubles that arose during fieldwork conducted at a community radio station, how these unexpected events forced a reformulation of the research question, and how this eventually led to an improved theoretical insight.

Broadcasting through difficult times

The obstacles facing Bushvision suggest that the federal government doesn't understand community television, writes Ellie Rennie.

Culture, commitment, community - the Australian community radio sector

In this report Susan Forde, Michael Meadows and Kerrie Foxwell from Griffith University's Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy examine a range of issues associated with the current Australian community radio industry. In particular they address the structure of the sector, the characteristics...

Survey of the community radio broadcasting sector 2002-03

This report provides the findings of research into the different services and operations of over 260 community radio stations across Australia. It includes information on programming, program sources, music genres, numbers of staff, volunteers, subscribers, income and expenditure, broken down by station category and location...