Media Law and the Values & Priorities of Community Media Participants - A Good Match?



RadioExpert has launched a scientific research project to measure the reasons why citizens particpate in community broadcasting in Austria. In cooperation with various stakeholders, the project will survey the thousands of producers creating content for the Austrian community radio and televisions. For more information:

Die Werte und Prioritäten der Gemeinschaft Rundfunk Teilnehmer als Reflexion von Medienrecht und Medienpolitik

Europa Schools "On-Air"

RadioExpert partners with high schools and universities to support media skills development and cross-cultural understanding among European students.

The "Europa Schools On Air" project aims for students from various European countries to collaborate and prepare radio broadcasts while gaining experience in intercultural communication and tolerance towards other ethnicities.

Members of the project are secondary schools, universities and radio NGOs from France, Italy, Spain, Great Britain and Czechia respectively. In each mobility, the host organization prepares a program of sightseeing, culture events, radio excursions and workshops. At the and a joint broadcast takes place presenting all teams‘ mobility projects. Between the mobilities regular multiplex broadcasts are made including all partners.

The first mobility was in October 2017 in Salerno, Italy with Liceo Classico Francesco de Sanctis as the host organization. The second in March 2018 in Bordeaux, France whose Lycée Gustave Eiffel de Bordeaux was not only a host but the general authority and manager of the Europa Schools On Air project. The following mobility was in September 2018 in Madrid, Spain with La Universidad Complutense de Madrid hosting.

The big finale will be in Brno at Masaryk University in May 2019, when the groups will come together to apply their skills to learn about Czech society and culture. We look forward to welcome all our guests for a great week of fellowship, training, and broadcasting in Brno!


South Africa Community Broadcasting

Executive Summary

With more than 7 million listeners, one in five South African radio listeners tune to community radio. The government not only recognizes the sector, the media regulator/funder allocates valuable frequencies, builds the studios and transmitters, and even subsidizes initial operations for many radios. This has created an enabling media environment, facilitating a tremendous opportunity in South Africa for community radio to be an effective component of a healthy civil society. For a list of these radios, go here. In addition, a new group of community televisions have also launched.

However, with the exception of a handful of highly successful well-managed radios, many of these South African community broadcasters lack the organizational capacity to take advantage of their positive environment. Their sustainability depends on developing a well-managed entrepreneurial organization able to develop diversified sources of revenue utilizing best practices of systems, people and materials.

Enterprise Solution

The South Africa Community Broadcasting "Enterprise Solution" project promotes an enterprise solution that would include tools, training, and ongoing support for enterprise capacity development. Focusing on radio & TV directors and sales managers, we intend to supply the components necessary for entrepreneurship. This program introduces the concepts of successful enterprise, develops the tools, and delivers the know-how in a series of regional management training workshops. It then provides long-term support for continuing enterprise development, and provides reports for measuring performance. In short, we develop "Radio (and TV) Experts".

RadioExpert Delivers expert support for Community Media

RadioExpert is an international non-profit organization committed to increasing the effectiveness of community media. We work closely with organizations to provide project development, consulting, training, advocacy, networking, research, and more. 

We deliver expert support for community media.

AMARC Asia Conference 2018

More than 200 participants from 20 countries are registered for the conference.

Some of the main topics of discussion 

  • Addressing migration and displacement with community radios

  • Struggle against rising radicalism & extremisms and community radios

  • Gender violence, violence against minorities, discrimination and community radio

  • Climate change, disaster risk reduction and community radios

  • Role of community radio associations and federations

  • Speaking against the widening social and economic inequality

  • Freedom of speech, communications rights and community radios

  • Media convergence and community broadcasting

  • Sustainable Development Goals and community radios

Shifting Winds Affect Small USA Public Broadcasters

Report on the status of public broadcasting in the United States reveals a decline in sustainability for small public TV and radio.


Video Training Workshop for Roma Youth in Czech Republic

RadioExpert & Roma Youth Radio Project recently organized a video skills workshop for Roma youth at the Roma Culture Museum in Brno, Czech Republic.

Community Media Europe Conference '14

Brno ‘13 community media conference is successfully behind us. More than 100 community media activists, academics, practitioners and regulators from all over the Europe met in Brno, Czech Republic to discuss this topic. Two days full of panels and workshops including the speech of UNESCO Chair for Community Media Prof. Vinod Pavarala brought a lot of new remarkable findings. If you are interested in to learn more, check the conference webpage, where we published photos and short takeaways from the panels.


RadioExpert receives Google Grant

In recognition for its important and successful support of community media worldwide, RadioExpert has received a generous grant from Google Inc. of Mountain View, California, USA. Google Grants is the nonprofit edition of AdWords, Google's online advertising tool. Googlel Grants empowers nonprofit organizations, to promote their missions and initiatives on

When "Community" is more valuable than "Commercial" in the UK

Community and commercial radio stations in the United Kingdom have much in common. Amongst these similarities is the need to survive and prosper by selling advertising. Despite this fact UK community media operators should resist being covetous of the commercial advertising paradigm and remember the main difference in their mission - one is here to serve, the other to profit. This difference may in fact be their greatest advantage.

Another year of Roma Youth Radio

The school year is coming and it also means that Roma Youth Radio project continues in Brno. We are ready to make further steps to development of real radio at IQ Roma Servis. 


UNESCO Chair on Community Media

The conference organizers are excited to announce first keynote speaker of Brno ´13 Media Diversity for Democracy prof. Vinod Pavarala, UNESCO Chair on Community Media and social scientist from India.

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Low Power FM stations are coming to urban America

A lot of new Low Power FM radio stations is going to start emerging from October in larger U.S. cities. The Federal Communications Commission will after a decade of studies and lobbying finally begin giving licenses to Low Power FM in urban areas. Applicants have to send their applications to the FCC between October 15 and October 29. LPFM was originally approved by Congress in 2001 only to rural areas because of concerns that these stations would interfere with full-power broadcasters in urban areas.

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Strasbourg hosts The Council of Europe forum about democratic participation

“Re-wiring democracy - connecting institutions and citizens in the digital age” - this is the theme of a second World Forum for Democracy which will be organised by The Council of Europe and held in Strasbourg from 27-29 November 2013.

Political leaders, experts, journalists, youth and civil society representatives from all over the world are invited to discuss and learn about practical new measures to boost citizen participation in democratic life.

META Europe: Media competence training invites participants to Spain

University of Education Freiburg, Institute of Media in Education holds another of its series of european training courses focusing on media competence and new technology - META Europe: MEDIA TRAINING ACROSS EUROPE: Speaking out! - Media competence and cultural empowerment.