Promise of citizen's media: Lessons from community radio in Australia and South Africa

Tacchi, Jo A. (2003) Promise of citizen's media: Lessons from community radio in Australia and South Africa. Economic and Political Weekly, 38(22), pp. 2183-2187.


Community radio – the cheapest and most accessible of the electronic mass media – is ruled out in many countries because of legal restrictions. This paper looks at community radio in Australia and South Africa. Australia has a mature ‘third tier’ of broadcasting, now over 20 years old, facing the problems of an established sector, with consistent if relatively diminishing state support. As a relatively new democracy, South Africa’s adoption of community radio is significant on a global scale. As the debate around community radio in India gathers momentum, and various initiatives start to emerge, some of the challenges they currently face may have lessons for India.

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Item Type: Journal Article
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Additional Information: This paper draws on data generated through three separately funded research projects. One was a comparative study of models for community radio in six countries funded by the Community Media Association ( [Price-Davies and Tacchi 2001]. A 12-month research project in Australia on the role of community-based media in the new economy was funded by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) ATN Small Research Grants Scheme during 2002, and a month long research visit to South Africa to investigate community radio was funded by a QUT professional development grant through the Creative Industries Faculty in late 2001
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Keywords: Community radio, Australia, South Africa
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
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Deposited On: 12 Jun 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:03

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