Media Release

Commercial radio recognised in NSW for emergency services info

Chief executive officer of Commercial Radio Australia, Joan Warner today welcomed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the NSW Government, making commercial radio stations official providers of emergency services information.

“The commercial radio industry welcomes the MOU with the NSW Government which now means all commercial radio stations in this State are recognised and promoted as official broadcasters of information in times of emergency,” Ms Warner said.

“This is a sensible decision given commercial radio reaches 80 per cent of Australians and can provide a crucial role in helping disseminate information to local communities in times of emergency.”

All commercial stations in NSW are involved in the MOU including stations owned by DMG Radio, Australian Radio Network, Fairfax Radio Network, Grant Broadcasters, Austereo and Southern Cross Media.

Ms Warner said the NSW MOU follows a similar arrangement with the Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Governments.

“The industry has argued for some time for commercial radio to be included and promoted as an official provider of information in emergencies, along with the ABC. This is a common sense decision and one which will hopefully be emulated nationwide in the near future,” Ms Warner said.

Ms Warner said the industry was already bound by its Code of Practice to broadcast emergency information but was happy to sign the MOU, to ensure the industry was officially recognised as a provider of emergency services information.

“Commercial radio stations are an integral part of many local communities around the country and stand ready, willing and able to assist these communities in times of emergency,” Ms Warner said.

For more information, please contact Melissa Fleming (Media Manager) at melissa.fleming@commercialradio.com.au or 02 9281 6577.


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