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Radio Australia

Jean-Gabriel Manguy is General Manager of Radio Australia (, the overseas public broadcaster based in Melbourne. The international broadcaster carries, amongst others, English and Indonesian language programmes into the disaster area.

Manguy says that greater transmission capacity for Radio Australia would not have helped the station warn people of the tsunami, because no warnings were received that could have been broadcast. But the availability of more transmission hours would have been useful in the immediate aftermath and during the current rescue and relief operations.

"Until 1997, Radio Australia had a 24-hour shortwave service audible in Indonesia and other parts of Asia. But its budget was cut by half in 1997 - currently A$13.5 million - and now has a staff of just 76. Shortwave services were partly restored in 2000, and Radio Australia is also available through 155 FM stations in Asia. Thirty of those are in Indonesia and reach an estimated seven million listeners."

Contact Radio Australia

Radio Australia GPO Box 428G, Melbourne Australia 3001, Australia

Telephone + 61 3 9626 1500 Fax + 61 3 9626 1899

Contact via e-mail is fastest through this webpage

Domestic Public Service, ABC

ABC to provide technical know-how to broadcasters hit by tsunami disaster - 12 January 05

ABC, Australia’s national broadcaster, is offering technical expertise to help reconstruct and plan for infrastructure studios and other facilities of fellow ABU members damaged by the earthquake and tsunami which struck Asia.

The organisation has “substantial expertise” in broadcast technology planning and construction management which it is willing to provide, said ABC’s director of technology and distribution, Colin J Knowles.

“While the Australian Government is giving aid in many ways across the affected region, the ABC is prepared to offer assistance in the form of technical expertise should it be needed to assist with the planning and other work to rebuild destroyed infrastructure,” said Mr Knowles.

ABC is currently working with the ABU to assess the needs of affected members and the type of assistance already being channelled to disaster-hit areas before coming up with its action plan. Short-term assistance would be to restore damaged broadcasting facilities, while longer-term solutions include helping to plan the reconstruction of facilities that were destroyed.

“Once we gather the information from across the region, we will be working closely with the relevant Australian Government agencies to ensure that our efforts are properly coordinated,” added Mr Knowles.

Australia’s Commercial sector (domestic)

Commercial Radio Australia is spearheading a mission to restore broadcast operations in tsunami-hit countries; contributing some 50,000 AM/FM radio sets to affected areas.

Joan Warner, chief executive officer of the industry body Commercial Radio Australia, said the initiative involved the donation of radio sets, fresh batteries and broadcasting equipment to survivors and broadcasters affected by the disaster.

Ms Warner said the industry had also offered a number of engineers to help set up temporary broadcasting facilities in disaster zones. The volunteer engineers would be sent in small groups for short periods of time. The industry has also coordinated the provision of seven transmitters.

“Indonesia’s public broadcasters have said more than 30 of their employees are missing or feared dead, and many broadcasting facilities were severely damaged during the disaster,” Ms Warner said. “Helping to restore radio communications to affected areas is a practical way the Australian industry can contribute to relief efforts and will provide a channel for authorities to communicate vital information about water, food and medical aid.”

Commercial Radio Australia has been liaising with the government’s AusAID agency on logistical and health issues for the volunteer engineers and transport of the equipment.

“We also have up to six FM transmitters that we can donate,” she said. Ms Warner also said CRA would send at least 12 engineers to rebuild broadcasting facilities in disaster zones. The engineers will be sent in groups of four for a few weeks at a time.

One of the broadcasters that has been affected is Radio Republik Indonesia. It has managed to set up a temporary studio and AM and FM transmission facilities in Banda Aceh, but requires emergency broadcast equipment and a minimum 5,000 portable radios for the homeless.

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation has also requested FM radio receivers for survivors, while the Maldives needs battery-powered radio sets for eight temporary shelters each housing 500 to 3,000 people.

CRA is an industry body representing Australia’s commercial radio broadcasters.

Contact Commercial Radio Australia

Broadcasters are invited to contact the following people for further information:

Commercial Radio Australia Ltd Level 5 88 Foveaux Street Surry Hills NSW 2010

Phone: +61 2 9281 6577 Fax: +61 2 9281 6599

General enquiries: email: mail AT

Joan Warner - Chief Executive Officer; email: joan.warner AT Tel: +61 2 419 410 617

Judy Shaw Media and Public Relations Consultant. email: AT Tel: +61 2 418 415 965


SBS Australia

AUSTRALIA, 7 January 2022 – SBS Radio listeners have now pledged more than $1 million in a Radiothon appeal held this week to raise money for the Asian tsunami survivors. Pledges from the Radiothon are being directed to World Vision, CARE Australia and the Vietnamese-Australian Buddhist Assistance Trust (VABAT), all of whom are conducting or supporting aid efforts around the region for survivors of the Boxing Day tsunami and earthquake.

Head of SBS Radio, Mr Quang Luu AO, said the response to the Radiothon from all community sectors has been overwhelming, with an ever climbing amount of $1,072,410 being reached late last night.

Commencing on Sunday, January 2, volunteers from the Croatian, Greek, Indonesian, Macedonian, Maltese, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese communities answered phones which rang off the hook. In addition, SBS Radio is also inviting Bangla, Cantonese, Hindi, Sinhalese, Tamil and Urdu speakers to pledge in upcoming programs over the next few days.

For more details on the times, frequencies and numbers visit

Contact SBS Radio

For further information, please contact: Marcus Cammack at SBS Radio Tel: +61 2 9430 3884 Email: marcus.cammack AT