BayFM has been nominated for three prestigious awards by the Community Broadcast Association Australia (CBAA), says station president, Ange Kent.
She told The Echo, ‘The Community Newsroom, a flagship program of BayFM, has been named a finalist in two categories: Excellence in Current Affairs and News Programming for their live broadcast of the independent commission on the holiday letting inquiry, and Excellence in Journalism for their powerful report titled “Tragedy in Paradise: Byron’s deadly homelessness crisis.”
BayFM’s Belly Show
‘Additionally, BayFM’s Belly Show, produced by Rasela Torise, has been shortlisted for Excellence Programming and Innovative Content. The show’s “Byron Farmers Market 20 Year Anniversary Special” captured the essence of the market, featuring interviews with diverse range of locals who discussed sustainable agriculture and the importance of creating an inclusive hub for the community’.
Mia Armitage, producer of BayFM’s Community Newsroom, expressed her gratitude for the nominations, stating, ‘The work the Community Newsroom is shortlisted for is basic public interest journalism at a local regional level. It was a heart-wrenching experience to record the voices of the homeless and the most marginalised communities, and I hope their courage inspires positive change.’
Ms Kent added, ‘These exceptional projects were made possible by grants from the Community Broadcast Foundation, which supports community media initiatives across Australia’.
November 5 awards
‘The winners of the CBAA Awards will be announced at the CBAA National Conference in Adelaide on November 5, 2023.
‘BayFM would like to extend its congratulations to all the other nominees and express its gratitude to the CBAA for recognising the station’s dedication to community broadcasting’.