4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News

4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News
4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News Led by John "Cueball" Mackenzie

24 February 2014

REGIONAL RADIO VIA INTERNET SHUT DOWN WHILE CITY BROADCASTS CONTINUE - GREEDY RADIO STATION OWNERS AT HEART OF ISSUE

Regional radio stations around the country are the only media that is capable of providing local content to their audience.  And with so much of regional Australia distant from regional centres, these stations have grown in prominence as rural residents access these broadcasts via the internet.

Even low-speed internet connections are capable of providing these stations - in areas where traditional AM or FM broadcasting would not reliably reach.
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So the rural users of these services have been stunned at the continued stoush between the radio station owners and Phonography Performance Company of Australia (PPCA), with some 200 station owners shutting down internet streaming of their stations.  City-based radio stations have agreed to the additional payments (although they continue to lobby Minister Malcolm Turnbull for an overhaul of the legislation).  

So as usual, regional areas are treated like second-class citizens while the city folk receive every advantage.

Cairns 4CA radio is owned by Sydney family, Grant Broadcasters Pty. Ltd.  The Grant family has gotten fabulously wealthy running rural radio stations across Australia since 1942, and currently run over 50.  Radio stations - the publicly owned airwaves, have made the Grant's multi-millionaires.

The stations are run by Janet Grant Cameron, along with her daughter and two sons, who've obviously grown up with silver spoons in their mouths and don't give a shit about the regional areas like Cairns, all while shoveling our money into their wallets.

The fee demanded by the PPCA for distribution to the recording artists?  

$325 per quarter.  $108 per month!

About what one of the Grant kids spends a week on fancy coffees.

These radio station cretins should be ashamed of themselves.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

After todays 's appalling racist rants on 4CA by Bill from Brinsmead (all muslims are apparently serial rapists) and Bill from Mt. Sheridan (who started with some refugee bashing and then ended up in an utterly confused ramble about the Ukraine) , just as well that the rest of the world can't listen to the bigoted and ignorant crap that McKenzie allows and encourages on his show. What an embarrassment.

Anonymous said...

No great loss. Stopped listening to Cairns radio when the internet allowed us to listen to something decent.

Anonymous said...

I can't bear to listen to his program.

Anonymous said...

Surely this on line ban only affects the 30 or so listeners to the Macca Show.
I mean, the AM frequency band is so so yesterday.

Anonymous said...

Well, I listen to ABC local radio at home and ABC National in the car. I've never felt the need to venture further.

Bob R. said...

Good crowd down on the esplanade opposite the hospital this morning attending the doctors' protest.

buzzybee said...

This seems to be a repeat of the fight between radio stations and Performing Rights Association about 30 - 40 years ago!Performing Rights wanted royalties from the stations for song writers and performers. The stations response was that because they "promoted" performers and their material they shouldn't have to pay for the right to broadcast that material. After a long fight, Australian artists started to get their performing rights. This stoush seems to be along the same lines with the same players. If you increase your audience, you should pay for the increased use of material.I , as a song writer and reciever of some royalties do have a vested interest in this, but it seems a no-brainer to me that they should pay for what they use.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it time the local Community Radio (FM something)stepped up and became part of the community? -most places have a thriving CR -what is going on in Cairns? They receive Govt funding -let's see some community action!

Anonymous said...

You jest Anon 11:07. it was originally called Cairns Community Radio 4CCR until they realised they no longer reflected the Cairns Community in any way and changed their name to an inane 89.1 FM. On a brighter note, the Smithfield High School based Coast FM appears to have a growing listening audience and is doing bigger and better things judging by a recent post in Rob Pyne's blog.

Anonymous said...

Anon 13.26 I take your point. Does this mean that the station 89.1FM is no longer receiving taxpayers money? I understood that it still is nominally a "Community Radio" and still on the public teat. Someone must be doing all right with all that moolah.

Anonymous said...

Is the rumour true ???
Warren Pitt for Mayor next elections.

Imagine what a dynamic duo Curtis and Warren would be.

Batman and Robin Pitt ... with Blakey as the JOKER !!!

Anonymous said...

WTF Shanghai, where are you? I'm sick of reading the bullshit from these whinging pricks, give us some of your hard to understand Chinese rants.

Anonymous said...

Anon 13:26 -if the"inane 89.1FM" no longer reflects the local Cairns community -surely its core function -does is still receive the massive level of Govt funding as it once did?

Anonymous said...

Just came across a Tumblr page dedicated to the reporting standards of the Toowoomba Chronicle http://bestofchronicle.tumblr.com/page/2
Considering the Chronicle appears more connected to the community than our local Townsville rag, a Cairns Post version wouldn't be too hard to get up and running. Plenty of resource material there. Except someone would actually have to by a copy of the Cairns Post:-(

Anonymous said...

I just saw a news flash (sun night late) that the Russian Government is having an emergency session to discuss the little outburst from our dear leader(Abbott in case you have forgotton)who demanded they back off. Putin was heard to mutter to an aid swilling from a vodka bottle"Who the f%$#@%^& is Abbott and please remind me where Australia is.the end

Hamish Krint said...

Cairns FM89.1 receives some funding from the govt., mainly for the many hours of ethnic broadcasting it does every week. There is ONE paid staff member, the manager/technician. The station pays rent, phone/internet, electricity, consumables, cleaning etc costs - it doesn't run for free. It's accounts are audited and at the AGM every yeAR, IT'S FINANCIAL REPORT IS TABLED FOR all to see. I can't believe some of the ill-informed comments made here. Why don't you bother to VISIT the station premises at Raintrees (first floor) and find out for yourself - better still VOLUNTEER to host a program. FM89.1 also known as Cairns Community Radio also known as 4CCR-FM is the ONLY station in Cairns to promote and play local musicians music and to give them live interviews. It plays all genres of music e.g. country, opera, dance, blues, does interviews with local people and organisations and stays away from Top 40. It is NOT allowed to play ads as such, but a more diluted form of sponsor messaging. Hey a final thought - if you are so concerned and so smart, why don't YOU also volunteer to be a member of its many committees or even its Management Committee - put your money where your mouth is and DO something, instead of shooting your uninformed anonymous mouth off!

Observer said...

I only listen to radio ABC as well. Yes, where the hell is Shanghai? I like trying to decipher what he is saying. It's a bit like doing a cryptic crossword puzzle.

Tony Hillier said...

Although I have not been involved with the community radio station formerly known as 4CCR-FM for the best part of a decade, as a former manager and committee member I suspect the bulk of their current income would come from ethnic broadcasting funding. The station's ethnic programming, which duplicates a vastly superior service available via SBS (TV and radio), seems to dominate most of the evening scheduling. During its heyday, the station had a much broader range of programming and facilitated wider community access while genuinely aspiring to a vision of excellence.

Tony Hillier said...

Hamish Krint: "44CR-FM is the ONLY station in Cairns to promote and play local musicians' music". Obviously Mr Krint doesn't listen to Radio ABC far North!

Hamish Krint said...

My apologies Tony, ABC Far North does play local music, but not to the extent that FM89.1 does. Listen to Cairns Music Stage on Fridays from 10am - 12 noon on FM89.1 and also 100% Aussie.

Anonymous said...

Hamish Krint - if that's your real name, I think you may find the anonymous community radio commenters here may have actually had some experience with the local community radio station, possibly even longer than yourself. We know how it is supposed to operate and we know how this station chooses to operate - as the best kept secret in town.

Hamish Krint said...

If it's the best kept secret in town, it's because you choose not to spread the secret, or get involved. I am aware of all the names of the Board of Management and doubt whether any of you are on it. Are you also suggesting the current President Billy Lee Long has something to hide, or is doing anything underhand? If so, under your anonymous shield, be specific with facts rather than smearing with innuendo.

Anonymous said...

Bit sensitive there Hamish? I certainly didn't want you to get the vapours about your exclusive little radio club. It certainly has a had a recent chequered history regarding its lack of accountability with the funding it received a few years back. Good to see that Billy is back at the reins, but I still say this station still remains an exclusive little radio club with little active involvement in the Cairns community.

Anonymous said...

Oh Hamish,Hamish 20;24 I have just checked the stations website -still not updated -and is Billy (who we know to be a very nice guy) really the current President??
Try being more "specific with facts" please.

Ex-member said...

Hamish Krint, it seems to me that FM 89.1 chooses to be secretive with its facts. For example it was required by ACMA in 2009 to publish its Board minutes but has failed to do so. See http://www.acma.gov.au/webwr/_assets/main/lib310667/cbg_enforcement_report.pdf

4CCR RENEWED 1 December 2009

Agreed measures:

• Keep its community informed of station matters through regularly updating information on the website, such as names of the members of the Board of Management and its program schedules, and using the website to inform the community of developments at the service, including posting of Board minutes and newsletters.

FM 89.1 has had more than enough time to do comply with this requirement.

In addition to failing to update its Committee details since August last year, its list of presenters is 'under construction' and its community notices page has not been updated since 26 March 2013.

I suggest that the station does not need to promote itself because it is living largely off subsidies for ethnic broadcasting. It lists only three sponsors on its website while most community stations have many more.

Hamish, if it is not a secret, can you please enlighten us on who is actually on the Committee, starting with the current President.


Hamish Krint said...

Billy lee Long (President)
Mike Friganiotis (Vice-president)
- Secretary
Louise Russell (Treasurer)
Peter Ricketts (ex-officio, Manager)
Glen Best (Committee)
Roy Lauder (Committee)
Ron Hallam (Committee)
Irene B (Committee)

Anonymous said...

Hamish, I gave 15 years of my life to 4CCRFM. in that time I spent many years as a board member and indeed as a member of the station executive. In those years I saw the efforts of many people change the station to a 24 hour radio station reflecting a variety of musical genres and representing a lot of minority groups in our town. This included one of the longest running regional Gay and Lesbian radio shows in regional Australia. We also did live broadcasts from the local Envirofairs and public concerts as well as live crosses to local bands playing in local clubs such as Johnnos Blues Bar. We had nationally syndicated programs such as Stormy Monday Blues playing on other community radio stations. We had a number of evening and Saturday morning programs that dealt with local issues, something that has been monopolised by the more conservative side of the media in Cairns.
My question is... What the fuck are you doing for Cairns right now?

Hamish Krint said...

Sorry Anon, I'm not gay or lesbian, do not play in a band, not into Blues, or a local issues reporter. So I guess my value to FM89.1 is limited - BUT I do listen regularly! Anyway, what made YOU stop?

Anonymous said...

@12:52 (a) Lack of relevance. (b) Access to more interesting Community Radio stations, some of which are located in communities far smaller than Cairns.

Hamish Krint said...

I believe there's a vacancy for the position of Secretary on the Management Committee - here's your chance to effect change from the INSIDE all of you critics! Put your money where your mouth is ($20 to be a financial member) and offer yourself for the position. Then you may be able to make objective, knowledgeable, up-to-date comments to the public at large about all things FM89.1.

Anonymous said...

I've explained my reasons Hamish. Been there and done that. if you are so passionate, why aren't you nominating for the position?

Hamish Krint said...

Unfortunately working full time, and this position needs someone with time....

Jayme Doran said...

This streaming dispute affecting regional stations have gone on for so long. They need to come into an agreement as well as a reasonable fee the stations can live with and resume live streaming to the affected radio stations. I strongly encourage you all to contact your local MP as well as the communications minister Malcolm Turnbull and Prime Minister Tony Abbott to express your concerns about this unecessary streaming dispute. The future of radio is online/digital and they can't be left behind

Use this letter template copy it onto microsoft word, put in your local MP contact details and your local radio stations names - 4CA/Zinc 102.7/99.5 Sea FM/103.5 Hot FM Cairns then print it off and send it to your local MP:
http://www.2bs.com.au/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/2BS-B-Rock-FM-PPCA-Listeners-Letter.pdf

Local MP Contact Details:
http://www.aph.gov.au/senators_and_members/members

Jayme Doran said...

There is now a couple of online petitions regarding online broadcssting including one from Canberra MP Gai Brodtmann, I strongly urge you all reading this article if you want to see a return to online streaming to regional radio stations including 4CA/Zinc 102.7/Sea FM/Hot FM Cairns then please sign both of these online petitions:
http://www.gaibrodtmann.com.au/online_broadcasting_petition
http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/malcolm-turnbull-end-the-online-streaming-farce

Thank you