CBF- Community Broadcasting Foundation has changed their system of funds allocation and distribution for the 2017/18 and so on.
Some stations were disadvantaged as their funding has reduced from what they used to receive. According to the CEO of the CBF, Ian Stanistreet, some stations received the same as last time and some stations received more than previously received.
I had the opportunity to interview CBF president John Bachelor in his role as president:
Q. Tell me about as a President of such a diverse multicultural organization?
A. I am the Chair of the Board, comprised of 9 board members who are volunteers in the organization. The roles they undertake but not limited to:
- provide governance to the organization;
- monitor the implementation of its roles;
- responsibility of finincial operations;
- importantly, apporve the grants;
- receive the grants from the Federal Government and
- to distribute the funds.
Q. What are some of the challenges and rewards of your role?
A. Share the funds/distribution
Keeping up with technological changes and peak body for the best interest of the Broadcasting sector.
To see each individual radio stations grow and become better; helping the volunteers and stations to make good radio programs; helping young people become more involved.
Q. As a president, how do you manage or what strategies do you employ to cope with challenging situations?
A. Employ people with skills to deal with a challenging situation. Also has sympathy with different people on the radio and make sure everybody have their say and everyone’s opinion is heard.
Q. How do you celebrate success in your role?
By attending the national conferences and talking to program makers
By seeing the sector growing and becoming a better radio program and continue to see it growing.