3CR released this statement on May 2.
As many thousands of people across the country mobilise against the Tony Abbott government, 3CR community radio is asking its listeners and supporters of independent media to join the resistance by donating money to the station during our annual Radiothon.
The government has set its sights on the very existence of community radio with the national Commission of Audit recommending that all funding to the sector be abolished. And with Medicare, trade unions, Indigenous people, asylum seekers, pensioners and people with a disability all under attack, the scene is set for a tumultuous few years. It’s more important than ever, that stations like 3CR continue to thrive.
We need your help during our June 2-15 Radiothon.
3CR station manager Marian McKeown said:“Our continuous broadcasting of diverse voices and programs is a vital part in the democratic process and a lifeline to communities.
“With the government signalling its intention to strip money from the sector, stations like 3CR become more reliant on their listening community to meet operational costs but at the same time, our function as the voice of the people and a source of news becomes more and more important.”
“3CR is well placed to provide a serious account of what’s happening in the world because our broadcasters are active participants in it.
The station relies on its annual radiothon to keep the station on air for the next twelve months, covering bills, license fees, equipment upgrades and a skeleton administrative staff.
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