Community radio stations are engaging with the COVID19 crisis across the UK and are doing everything they can to broadcast critical news, advice, and information to their local communities at this time of need. However, this crisis has generated massive financial and demand pressures on the community media sector at extremely short notice.
Trading revenues are falling and external events have been cancelled resulting in immediate cash flow problems for many. Many community radio groups have little to no cash reserves to get them through an extended period of disruption and are already considering redundancies or may even have to close down. Without substantial financial assistance from the government, the community radio sector’s capacity to respond to the crisis (for example, by continuing broadcasting) will be drastically diminished.
The Community Media Association has asked the Government to implement a number of key policy demands to help keep community radio stations operating. Despite some progress recently, the Government has been too slow to respond to the magnitude of what is expected. In particular, the Treasury appears to remain unconvinced of the need for swift, substantial and simple financial support for our sector.
The window of opportunity to change this may be closing, fast. Urgent action is needed today to build public and political pressure on the government and we need your help.
That’s why we’re asking you to download this template letter and send it straight away to your MP – our last campaign before the General Election was very well received.
With your help, we can all make a difference to keep our sector serving the community at this difficult time. Here’s how to do it: