• Civilmedia 08: Day 2: Three years of full-time Community Radio in the UK (05-08): challenges and opportunities (Salvatore Scifo)
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Civilmedia 08 – „Cultures – Participaton – Dialogue“: The Civilmedia is an annual international UnConference, organised by Radiofabrik Salzburg in co-operation with VFRÖ. This year it took place at the end of the „European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008“ from 4th to 6th of December. In bringing together international and national alternative media practitioners, researchers, policy makers, activists, and community development workers, Civilmedia08 reviewed the importance of community media and Web 2.0 for intercultural dialogue in Europe. More details at. http://www.civilmedia.eu/

Contribution:
Three years of full-time Community Radio in the UK (2005-2008): challenges and opportunities (Salvatore Scifo)

Full time Community Radio was introduced as a separate tier of radio broadcasting in the UK with the Community Radio Order 2004. Three years after the release of the first full time licence the number of stations is approaching 200. Based on an ongoing PhD research on the development of community radio in the UK since 1997, the presentation will briefly give an overview of the policy contexts in which the sector emerged (Social, Cultural and Media), then proceeding to discuss some of the main challenges and opportunities that are characterising the sector by the end of 2008 and how it relates with recent policy developments at the European stage.