07/01/2008 - 14:20

Perth to get two new community radio stations

07/01/2008 - 14:20

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Two new community radio stations are set to hit Perth airwaves in the next 12 months, following an Australian Communications and Media Authority decision to allocate two new licences to serve the city's Indigenous and seniors communities.

Perth to get two new community radio stations

Two new community radio stations are set to hit Perth airwaves in the next 12 months, following an Australian Communications and Media Authority decision to allocate two new licences to serve the city's Indigenous and seniors communities.

The licences will be allocated to Peedac Pty Ltd to broadcast on 100.9 MHz to the Perth metropolitan area and surrounding districts and Capital Community Radio Inc. to broadcast on 90.5 MHz to Perth City and the inner and middle ring suburbs of Perth.

Peedac's proposed service will serve Perth's Indigenous community and those interested in indigenous culture and issues while Capital Community Radio's proposed service will serve the seniors community.

The licences will be allocated on 22 January 2008 and the new licensees must begin a service within 12 months.

Acting ACMA acting chair Lyn Maddock said Peedac's proposed service would give the Indigenous community of Perth its own voice.

"'There is currently no broadcasting service in Perth catering to the needs of Perth's Indigenous community, one of the largest in Australia."

ACMA believes the needs of Perth's seniors are only partially met by the broadcasting services currently available and that there is an unmet need for a dedicated seniors service.

"Capital Community Radio's proposed service will focus on the needs and interests of the growing senior demographic by providing a mix of music and information programs of interest to this group," Ms Maddock said.

"In considering the mix of services available in Perth and the services proposed by each of the applicants, these two community groups demonstrated the greatest need for their proposed services,' she added.

Two other applicants, being Phoenix Radio Ltd and Western Sports Media Ltd, also vyed for both licences.

Western Sports Media proposed a service for sporting enthusiasts, country and other music interests and Phoenix Radio, a service for the country music/general community.

ACMA called for applications for the licences in July 2007 and invited submissions from the public on the applications before meetings were held with each of the applicants in November 2007.

There are 11 community radio broadcasting services in Perth including six long term Perth-wide services and five sub-metro services.

 

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