Community TV “death-knell” gaining mainstream coverage
Fairfax, News, ABC, SBS, Yahoo, newspapers, online & radio are all covering, or even despairing, at govt plans to shift Community TV online.
The Age drew attention to a statement from Rove McManus: “What I gained from my Channel 31 experience was collaborating with fellow creative people in a group environment that taught me how to be a host and them how to be producers, camera operators, lighting technicians, set builders and editors.”
Jess Harris, from ABC’s twentysomething said, “It was the gap between having an idea and getting it out there and being able to show people what you’re capable of, show them you’re willing to work”.
SBS presenter Nazeem Hussain, who fronted Ramadan TV and Salam Cafe, said: “We were sick of seeing Muslims on TV who looked and sounded nothing like the Muslims we knew and hung out with. We were able to make TV we had never seen before on a channel that is known for being experimental … and giving voice to people who don’t have a voice elsewhere.”
Melbourne’s Channel 31, Matt Field, told AAP the transition would likely strip community TV stations of their advertising income from local small businesses.
“It’s going to be very difficult to convince those supporters of the station to migrate with us to internet-only platforms,” he said.
“It’s very likely that this will spell the end for community TV in Australia for good.”
Corrine Grant told ABC Radio, “I don’t understand how he thinks that community television can automatically switch its business model to being online when he’s not expecting the same thing as commercial free-to-air channels.
“I don’t understand why he thinks one business model won’t work for others but it will work for community television.”
Brisbane’s 31 Digital Community Manager Scott Black told 4BC:
“They’re attacking small businesses, is what they’re doing,” he said.
“They’re impending on our trade. I don’t understand why really, because we pay the federal government for the right to be able to broadcast.
“We get no funding, absolutely no funding – State or Federal.
“They’re shutting down a 20-year strong industry and stopping the future of volunteers, students, producer, hosts.”
Former Collingwood premiership captain Tony Shaw, who hosts Footy Fanatics on Channel 31, told 3AW:
“It’s done a great job,” he said.
“Think of some of the great talents who would’ve started on community television … then become bigger names in the media.”
There have also been reports on The Herald Sun, Crikey, The Australian, Yahoo, CNet, The Australian Financial Review, SBS, The Music, Pedestrian TV, The Vine, ZDNet, Business Insider Australia, BandT and more….