Centralians can have their say on the ABC with the public broadcaster to hold a community board forum in Alice Springs next month.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the forum would be attended by representatives of the ABC’s board and executive as well as programme makers.
“In November 2016 the Government announced a new policy requiring the public broadcasters to hold community board forums after at least half of their board meetings each year, with at least two of these to be held in regional areas,” Senator Scullion said.
“This is the first time the ABC will hold such a forum and it is great to see it will be in the Northern Territory.
“This is a rare opportunity for Territorians to have their say directly to the board and senior management of the ABC about not just programming but any other issues involving the ABC that are important to them.
“While the ABC is independent of Government, I am keen to see transparency and accountability of this publicly-funded broadcaster – and I am pleased the ABC has listened to the concerns Territorians have raised and is holding this meeting.
“Territorians made it abundantly clear they were very unhappy with the public broadcaster’s independent decision, without consultation, to shut down its shortwave radio service in the Territory earlier this year.
“The services provided by the ABC are especially critical in regional and remote areas on the Territory and I encourage Centralians – particularly any who have lodged submissions to the Senate enquiry – to attend this community forum and have their voices heard.”
The community forum will be held at the Alice Springs Desert Park, 871 Larapinta Drive, from 5.30pm – 7.30pm on Tuesday, 4 July 2017.
Registrations to attend are now open to the public. For further details please go to: