Latest News from the NEMBC

On the Coronavirus COVID-19

The NEMBC is assisting its members and radio stations during these difficult times with information on the Coronavirus pandemic.

From 31 March, the NEMBC will distribute audio Community Service Announcements (CSA’s) that have been produced by 4EB Brisbane’s full time ethnic station with the support of the Queensland Government. At this stage, if you would like a copy of any of the 44 languages please email and identify which languages you require. The CSA’s are short 4min MP3’s.

The languages are: Cantonese, English, Finnish, Italian, Korean, Punjabi, Serbian, Ukrainian, Albanian, Arabic, Aramaic, Cook Islands, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Dutch OLD, Fijian, Filipino, French, Greek, Hindu, Hungarian, Latin American, Macedonian, Maltese, Mandarin, Maori, Nepalese, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Samoan, Sinhalese, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Thai, Tokelauan, Tong, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Kenya Rawandan.

Station Webinars

Broadcasters have been staying away from their radio stations and most stations are turning to remote broadcasting – producing programs from home. This is more the case in NSW and Victoria. 4EB in Brisbane closed its doors and has minimal operational staff at the station and is maintaining full programming.

To assist in this regards, the NEMBC held two webinars to assist and inform stations. The last webinar was a joint CBAA, CMTO, SYN and NEMBC webinar on how to set up and produce content from home. It’s a very useful webinar: this will most likely become the new norm for producing content in the coming months. Watch the webinar and start setting yourself up.

Equipment neccesary for remote broadcasting

For useful tips for recording content at home click here

The first webinar on the 19 March was with 4EB and also heard from other stations how they are moving to remote broadcasting. Watch the Webinar here.

If you would like to keep up-to-date with the discussion on the Coronavirus, we suggest you join the CBAA Facebook Group. click here

For all our members who want to have accurate and reliable information about COVID-19, there are a number of Government websites and the federal Department of Health, but also look at your local State Government for more focused information about your area. See some websites below.  

Useful Resources

The NEMBC has just received a link from the Australian Government Department of Health to Fact Sheets in different languages that you can read on your programs. We believe there are more coming and hopefully as audio podcasts. The languages are: Greek, Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Italian, Persian, and Koran.

If radio programs would like to get daily news bulletins about what’s happening around the country to read out on your radio program, we suggest subscribing to Medianet – an AAP business. They have just opened their new bulletins for free subscription due to the Coronavirus. Go on line and subscribe at Medianet:

Australia Government Department of Health

For internationally focused news 
World Health Organisation (WHO)

For more information contact the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council (NEMBC). Email Russell Anderson on:

Stay tuned as we frequently update this web-page.