Update from Danny Lawrence, CMA Chairman

March, 2019

Dear Friends, Supporters, and Colleagues

I am writing as the current Chairman of the Community Media Association having been elected to the role in January. And I thought I would take this opportunity to let you know some of the things that we have been working on at the CMA and what we are planning for this year.

First, shortly we will be sending out to all members and community radio stations a Community Media Wall Planner to cover the financial year 2019/2020. The planner features the ten principles of the Community Media Charter which members of the CMA are asked to support. The planner also lists the anniversary dates of all community radio stations listed as broadcasting on Ofcom’s website, correct at the end of last month. If you do have any corrections to make, please send them to info@commedia.org.uk for next year’s planner. We have also diarised a number of social action days such as World Radio Day and International Women’s Day which we hope you will find useful. Huge thanks to our sponsors and to DCMS who helped make this happen.

There are a number of community radio events coming up soon where we hope to catch up with you. First is the Radio Hub training and networking event to be held on Saturday 30th March at Sheerness in Kent. This event is now officially sold out but contact The Radio Hub to be placed on the waiting list. And on Saturday 18th May , 103 The Eye will be hosting their annual Community Radio Networking & Information Day in Melton Mowbray. Keep checking the CMA website for more details as they are released.

The CMA will also be delivering six outreach events starting on Saturday 13th April at the Penryn campus of the University of Exeter. The CMA is partnering with Matthew Rogers of Source FM to deliver a one-day workshop exploring citizen journalism on community radio. This will be the first event in a series of workshops across England to support community media practice. Keep in touch with us for further details.

We are also working on our annual Community Media Conference which we are planning to hold on Saturday 28th September at BBC MediaCityUK in Salford. More details about this not-to-be-missed event will be released throughout the year. And the CMA will also be working with the Community Radio Awards which will also be held that same weekend in Manchester.

And on Saturday 26th October , The Radio Hub and the Local Radio Alliance will be holding the ‘Community Radio Now & Next 2019’ event in Barry, Wales.

If all that wasn’t enough, we have also produced some promos for community radio earlier this year. I worked with Devawab to produce four promos to help encourage advertising on community radio. There are two different scripts, each with a calm female voice and a more upbeat male read. These promos are licensed to be used free of charge by any Community Media Association station, through to the end of 2019. You can listen to them here.

We thank all of our members for their continued support and we look forward to seeing as many of them as possible this year. If you’re not a member of the CMA then please join to support our work and to keep up with what is going on in the community media sector. This year is a critical year for radio with the large commercial operators consolidating their networks - a challenge to which community radio will rise. And before too long, we expect the legislation for small-scale DAB to laid before Parliament and licensing to begin in 2020.

Keep in touch with what’s happening in our sector by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, joining in the discussions on the Chat Forum, and visiting our website.

This is a hugely exciting and important year for community radio and we look forward to having you on board for the journey.

With best regards

Danny Lawrence BEM, BCAc
Chairman, Community Media Association – 2019

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