Aboriginal broadcaster denies financial reports

The Australian Indigenous Communications Association says it does not believe the country’s largest Aboriginal broadcaster will be forced to stop broadcasting. The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) is denying reports it is in serious financial trouble. Two Alice Springs newspapers have published details of a letter from CAAMA’s auditors saying there is doubt about whether the organisation can continue to operate.

Patrick Malone from the Australian Indigenous Communications Association says the amount of government money available for Aboriginal media services is decreasing. “The actual cake that is provided for Indigenous broadcasting in the country hasn’t grown since 1996,” he said. “We’ve had incremental increases with CPI but there’s been no extra money come in.”