Association of Free Radios Austria decides historic merger

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The General Assembly of the Association of Free Radios Austria took place this week. It was decided that the association would also represent the interests of Austrian community TVs in the future.

A milestone was reached in the said general assembly with the amalgamation of free radios and community TVs, as the association announced. With this decision, the Association of Free Radios Austria also gets a new name and henceforth is called “Association of Free Radio Austria”. At the same time, a new board was elected.

From now on Dr. Christian Jungwirth, Managing Director of Okto and long-time co-designer of the 3rd broadcasting sector, chaired the chair. The deputy chairman was Charlotte Trippolt elected. The Board of Directors is also new: Alf Altendorf (Treasurer), Mag. Michaela Kramesch (Secretary), Angelika Hödl (Assistant Treasurer) and Hilde Unterberger (Assistant Secretary).

The management of the association should continue to Exercise Helga Black Forest. She comments: “I am particularly pleased that we have taken the step of expanding in this challenging time! Strengthened by new members, perspectives and competencies, we will be an even stronger representation of interests for the advertising-free and non-profit radio stations in Austria. I also see the combination of perspectives from radio and TV as a good basis for contemporary convergence and future-oriented media developments. This will make it even easier for us to make a multimedia contribution to media and information diversity. “

A total of 17 non-commercial radio and television stations secure the diversity of information in the local area, are social hubs and make democracy come alive, according to a press release. In addition, they should train the critical and self-confident handling of media. This should also emerge from a recently presented study by the Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Alpen-Adria University in Klagenfurt in cooperation with the COMMIT.

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