Radio games off the air
MEMBERS of the now defunct community radio station 96.3FM say they feel betrayed by the actions of Bundaberg Burnett Community Broadcasting Association's former president Muriel Horsfall.
Last week, the NewsMail reported that the association, which ran 96.3FM, owed more than $65,000 to the Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF) after breaching five of its requirements under the foundation's Ethnic Program Grant.
According to CBF, the station had been found guilty of five breaches, including a failure to meet spoken word requirements, supplying falsified recordings and submitting irregular financial reports with the matter referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
Former presenter and the association's current administrator Glenda Witt told the NewsMail that she and other members of the association were shocked and dismayed when they found out what had been going on.
"Presenters weren't aware of the breaches and neither was anyone else at the station," she said.
"A number of us were quite appalled by what she (Mrs Horsfall) had done because we had known her for a number of years and had no reason to doubt her.
"CBF accepted Mrs Horsfall at face value and so did we."
Mrs Witt said people were distressed about the station's demise.
"There have been some very upset and depressed people whose lives revolved around that radio station," she said.
"In my husband's case, for example, he doesn't have a lot of mobility but spent most of his days researching music and making programs and now it is all just gone."
The NewsMail contacted Mrs Horsfall, who declined to comment.
Mrs Witt said the station acted on legal advice when it went off the airwaves in June and was in the process of shutting down the association.
"If we continued to operate the station we would be trading insolvent," she said.
"After all our accounts have been settled any money that is remaining has to go to the CBF."
An AFP spokesman said 96.3FM was not under investigation. "The AFP was referred a matter for consideration in April 2014. Following an examination of the material provided, it was determined that there was insufficient information to support the allegation of a criminal offence being committed."