Wellington’s community broadcaster moves into the 21st century

Binjang Chairman Mark Griggs and new manager Tony GrahamBinjang community radio station chairman Mark Griggs believes the appointment of a full-time manager is a “game changer” which moves “The Voice of Wellington” into the 21st century.

An experienced businessman was appointed by the committee of the radio station and will be responsible for making the community broadcaster sustainable into the future.

“The three-month trial appointment of Tony Graham was decided at last Monday’s Binjang management committee meeting and follows some months of negotiation,” Mr Griggs said.

“In essence, Mr Graham will be responsible for the day-to-day running and management of Binjang’s station and studios in Cameron Park including technical assistance and advice, plus assistance in sponsorship sales, production and invoicing.

“The appointment of Mr Graham is the next step by Binjang in its progress to present professional and responsible broadcasting to all within the Wellington Local Government Area and beyond.

“All the successful community radio stations have progressed this way and the move also follows advice from the federal government’s radio overseer the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) which promotes station management.”

The committee also believes that it is time Binjang moved forward.

“We established this station some eight years ago and have been on air for the past four years,” Mr Griggs said.

“So it is now time for Binjang to step up and provide a more professional approach to local broadcasting.

“The trial appointment was seen as the way forward.”

Mr Griggs said the move away from local commercial broadcasting and even the shrinking of ABC local radio enhanced the opportunity for community broadcasters like Binjang to entertain while giving important local news and information to local listeners.

“Binjang is our local radio station and will also remain local.”

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