2TLC FM faces review
LACK of communication between board members and an increase in rent has been blamed for Yamba’s 2TLC FM community radio station being placed into the hands of an administrator.
Four of the five board members resigned, on advice from the administrator two weeks ago, after the latest of two bills from the Lands and Property Management Authority for rent of the Pilot Hill station could not be met.
The station had been in negotiation with the Lands and Property Management Authority for two years, after a review of council-managed lands meant that the previous ‘token’ rent was set for a hike.
Over the Christmas and New Year period the station was served a letter of demand from the authority for $1652, which was paid by two of the directors.
“We still had not signed a lease at this time and there was no communication with the other directors or listeners,” ex-director and shareholder in 2TLC since 1992, Gary Brisbane said.
The remaining board members were not advised of the payment until the station’s mid-February meeting, by which time another rent bill for $1600 was issued and due on March 16.
The station managed to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week on a $13,000 budget, Mr Brisbane said.
“The rent increase would almost double our operating costs,” Mr Brisbane said.
The station is currently having its regular five-year licence renewal processed by the Australian Communication and Media Authority.