What Is Community Radio?
Community radio is a radio service offering a third model of radio broadcasting in addition to commercial and public broadcasting. Community stations serve geographic communities and communities of interest. They broadcast content that is popular and relevant to a local, specific audience but is often overlooked by commercial or mass-media broadcasters. Community radio stations are operated, owned, and influenced by the communities they serve. They are generally nonprofit and provide a mechanism for enabling individuals, groups, and communities to tell their own stories, to share experiences and, in a media-rich world, to become creators and contributors of media.
In many parts of the world, community radio acts as a vehicle for the community and voluntary sector, civil society, agencies, NGOs and citizens to work in partnership to further community development aims, in addition to broadcasting. There is legally defined community radio (as a distinct broadcasting sector) in many countries, such as France, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and Ireland. Much of the legislation has included phrases such as "social benefit", "social objectives" and "social gain" as part of the definition. Community radio has developed differently in different countries, and the term has somewhat different meanings in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, andAustralia, where freedom of speech laws and defacto realities differ.
Barossa Broadcasting Board Inc through, Triple B FM operations, will:
encourage, enable and facilitate communication within the community by operating and developing community media activities within the Barossa Region of South Australia operate the Association as a community non-profit organisation to enable and facilitate communication within the community by broadcasting programmes dealing with local issues, events, culture and activities and to undertake and carry out all such ancillary measures as are necessary or desirable to achieve this end to abide by Australian content philosophy as outlined in the Code of Practice to provide the opportunity for community groups and related associations, organisations and individuals to be involved in the production and presentation of original programmes to provide a training environment for members of the community seeking a career in broadcasting encourage the practice of broadcasting as a community art provide listeners with public affairs, educational and art programming produce programmes that celebrate the achievements of South Australians produce and/or contribute to, where appropriate, the production of national and state radio programmes that are consistent with community radio principles encourage community participation in the programming and operation of the station.
This includes a commitment to access and experimentation with styles of broadcasting seek to involve other education and arts organisations in the operation of the station operate in such a way as to conform to the Community Broadcasting Codes of Practice.