Enacting cultural diversity through multicultural radio in Australia

Lawe Davies, Chris (2005) Enacting cultural diversity through multicultural radio in Australia. Communications, 30 4: 409-430. doi:10.1515/comm.2005.30.4.409

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Author Lawe Davies, Chris
Title Enacting cultural diversity through multicultural radio in Australia
Journal name Communications   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1613-4087
Publication date 2005-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1515/comm.2005.30.4.409
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 30
Issue 4
Start page 409
End page 430
Total pages 22
Place of publication Frankfurt am Main ; New York
Publisher Mouton de Gruyter
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
400104 Communication and Media Studies
700301 Broadcasting
Abstract Australia is second only to Israel in being the world’s most culturally diverse nation, based largely on high levels of immigration in the second part of the 20th century. From the 1970s onwards, Australia formally recognized the massive social changes brought about by postwar immigration, and provided legislation to incorporate cultural diversity into everyday lives. One such ‘legislative’ enactment saw the establishment of multicultural broadcasting in Australia, as arguably a world-first, both in its comprehensiveness and diversity. Today, Australia has a public sector corporation, the Special Broadcasting Service, administering five radio services in 68 languages. Also, the Community Radio sector produces multicultural programming in 100 languages through a number of its 330 broadcast and 207 narrowcast stations. This article examines the relationship between radio and its communities. It argues that despite the ‘profile’ of SBS television, radio is much closer to its constituent communities, and therefore plays a greater role in enabling those communities to speak their own histories, beyond the confines of a consensual Anglophile paradigm.
Keyword Multicultural broadcasting
Radio broadcasting
Cultural diversity
Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)
Q-Index Code C1
Additional Notes Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research

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