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About The Wire

The Wire is a daily current affairs program broadcast exclusively on Community and Indigenous radio stations around Australia.

More than 5 million people across Australia can tune into any weekday, and while the numbers are big, The Wire has perhaps the most diverse audience for any individual program in any media sector.

The Wire is available via the Community Radio Network satellite and the CAAMA Radio satellite to more than 200 stations in city, regional, rural and remote communities, including many remote Indigenous communities and including places with no other broadcast media.

Who makes The Wire?

Where can I listen?

Editorial Policy

Want to broadcast The Wire?

Broadcast dates for this year

Who supports The Wire?

Audio Promos



Who makes The Wire?

A consortium of progressive community broadcasters: Radio Adelaide, 2SER in Sydney and 4EB in Brisbane. The consortium works together to develop The Wire as a key alternative information source via broadcast, online and social media, seeking funds to support the project. Contact details here.

Each station appoints co-ordinating producers and more than 100 community broadcasters are trained and contribute each year as story producers.

Where can I listen?

The Wire is broadcast to stations via the CRN satellite at 5.04pm Sydney time. Many stations play us live, some record and replay a little later. Please contact your local station; check our broadcast stations here. If your local station doesn't play The Wire, please let them know you’d like to hear it!

You can listen to The Wire online by going to:

http://www.radio.adelaide.edu.au 17.30pm Adelaide time

http://www.2ser.com/stream 18.00pm Sydney time

http://www.4eb.org.au/ 05.30 Brisbane time, 13.00 Brisbane time

Editorial Policy

The Wire takes an independent approach to current issues. We offer critical coverage, which challenges all points of view, puts issues and events in context and always asks 'why’?.

The Wire will:

1. Contribute new and useful information, analysis and comment, adding to public awareness and understanding of important issues.
2. Cover a range of issues: international, national, state, local and Indigenous, for a national audience.
3. Concentrate especially on social, economic and political developments in areas such as the environment, education, welfare/social justice and international development (particularly regional, women’s & indigenous issues)
4. Give particular attention to the voices of women, Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, people on low incomes and others under-represented in social decision-making.
5. Be critical and question and challenge government and other authorities, "experts" and "conventional wisdom". We will translate and demystify language.
6. Concentrate on issues rather than personalities or events, avoiding stories that are merely superficial or sensational, including party political disputes devoid of real implication.
7. Draw ideas and information as far as possible from communities, organisations, and individuals directly involved in social action or directly affected by policies, decisions or proposals.
8. Abide by the Community Radio Codes of Practice.

Want to broadcast The Wire?

Licensed Australian Community and Indigenous radio stations can broadcast The Wire. It is available through:

The Community Radio Network: www.cbaa.org.au

The CAAMA Satellite Network: www.caama.com.au

Broadcast dates for this year

2013 broadcast season:

first program Monday February 4

last program Friday December 13

Who supports The Wire?

The three consortium stations, 2ser, Radio Adelaide and 4EB provide facilities, resources, management and co-ordination.

More than 100 volunteer producers each year provide their energy and commitment.

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia provides the original satellite broadcast and co-ordination through its Community Radio Network (CRN) and program data and ordering through its Digital Delivery Network (DDN).

CAAMA Radio makes the program available to all stations on its satellite network through rebroadcast, and CAAMA’s journalists are regular contributors to the program.

Produced with the assistance of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy via the Community Broadcasting Foundation

Audio Promos - please download to use on your station

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