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Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 10:03:58 +0100
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---- Apologies for cross-posting ---

Dear All,
following up on my previous message, attached below, I am pleased to 
inform you that the summarised version of the study

10 Years of Community Radio in Austria. An Explorative Study of Open 
Access, Pluralism and Social Cohesion
by Judith Purkarthofer, Petra Pfisterer and Brigitta Busch (University 
of Vienna)

is now available in English and can be downloaded from

The findings will be also presented at the forthcoming ECREA conference, 
to be held on 25-28 November in Barcelona, in the session 'Community 
Radio, Participation, People and Practice' (Radio Research Section, 
27/11/2008 | 11:00am | Room 131). Further info at 

This paper presents the results of a qualitative research project which 
was initiated by the Austrian Federation of Free Radios (VFRÖ) and 
financed by the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and 
Telecommunications (RTR). The research started in spring 2007 and aimed 
at compiling and describing the effects of Austrian Free Radio on 
plurality and social cohesion. It was also conducted as a pilot study 
for further, more comprehensive radio research.
Twenty-two group interviews with staff and volunteers focused mainly on 
the production side of Free Radio. Additionally, multimodal material 
such as websites, flyers, schedules, broadcasts, network drawings, guest 
books, e-mails, photos etc. completed the set of data used for the 
Here, an overview of only the most important findings shall be 
introduced and presented. We invite those who are interested in a more 
detailed report and read german to take a look at the extensive study 
published by RTR in 2008. (http://www.rtr.at/de/komp/SchriftenreiheNr32008)

Best Wishes,


Salvatore Scifo
Editor, communitymedia.eu

connecting community media research>teaching>policy>practice in Europe

Two new studies, included in the volume 'Non Commercial Broadcasting in 
Austria and Europe' (Nichtkommerzieller Rundfunk in Österreich und 
Europa) have been published by the Austrian National Regulator RTR 
(Rundfunk & Telekom Regulierungs) and presented on 13 October 2008 in 

The first one, 'Ten Years of Free Radios in Austria: Open access, 
diversity of opinion and social cohesion' (10 Jahre Freies Radio in 
Österreich: Offener Zugang, Meinungsvielfalt und soziale Kohäsion), has 
been written by Brigitta Busch, Petra Pfisterer and Judith Purkarthofer 
from the Center for Intercultural Studies, University of Vienna.

The second study, Community Media in Europe: Legal and economic contexts 
of the third broadcast sector in 5 countries (Community Medien in 
Europa: Rechtliche und wirtschaftliche Rahmenbedingungen des dritten 
Rundfunksektors in 5 Ländern), has been written by Otto Tremetzberger 
and Helmut Peissl, respectively Chairman and Deputy Secretary of the 
Austrian Free Radio Federation (Verband Freie Radios Österreich).

The full version of both studies is currently available only in German 
and can be downloaded from the RTR's website at