Indigenous media heads met in Darwin recently, to discuss future developments and to find common ground to improve the service delivery in their respective areas of responsibility.
The theme of the meeting was the changing media landscape, new ways to make and deliver content, program sharing innovations, efficiencies of scale, modernisation of facilities and the use of technologies now available to deliver on the Government’s investment in indigenous media services in northern Australia.
Technology is seen as a game-changer, particularly the NBN roll out to communities. Those with direct NBN broadband will become like the railway stations of the industrial revolution; new lines of communication will open between the communities and the future world. It does not matter in what form the NBN comes, whether as fixed line or DTS – direct to station via wireless broadband.
NBN will be the major game-changer of our time in remote media and technology. Jim Remedio from Black Star told the meeting “There is a paradigm shift in the way remote media deliver and receive services”.
Black Star uses both fixed and wireless broadband and the results have been astounding, a huge in the lift in productivity and the sustainable delivery of services to radio stations in remote communities. Black Star has created a two-way highway for the 11 communities it serves and with the roll out of the VAST satellite audio feed, will also have the ‘redundancy’ or back-up to guarantee service in times of emergency. In effect a super-highway into the radio stations of remote communities.
Remedio says “The combination of satellite and broadband will change the way we do things, there will be noticeable changes in the quality of services, productivity increases, new employment and training opportunities and a happier workplace, with people in remote areas less isolated”.
“The way we do training is also changing rapidly, taking on the opportunities with social media and trialling new training methods for students bought up in a digital world and used to digital devices. The traditional RIBS training approach often seems irrelevant”, he said.
Check here for further details on these new initiatives after the group’s next meeting.