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Vision FM

Vision Christian Radio
Broadcast areaAustralia
BrandingVision Christian Radio
SloganConnecting Faith to Life
FrequencyVarious
First air dateFebruary 1, 1999 (1999-02-01)
FormatChristian
ClassOpen Narrowcast
OwnerVision Christian Media (United Christian Broadcasters Australia Ltd.)
Websitevision.org.au/radio

Vision Christian Radio (formerly Vision Radio Network, Vision FM and UCB Australia until 2015[1]) is a non-profit[2] Christian media ministry based in Australia which, since 1999, has operated Australia's only network of Christian radio stations via narrowcast and satellite.[3][4] It is associated with the international body United Christian Broadcasters.[5]

Vision's radio network broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days per week over a network of over 700[6] narrowcast radio licenses across Australia.[7] Major centres covered include Brisbane (1053 AM), Western Sydney (1611 AM), Western Melbourne (1611 AM), Eastern Melbourne (1665 AM), and Adelaide (1611 AM), Perth (87.6 FM/88.0 FM) and the Gold Coast (87.8 FM/88.0 FM),[8] and many regional cities and towns including remote communities in the Northern Territory.[9] In St George, Queensland, Vision180 Radio is broadcast on 87.6FM. It also broadcasts via the VAST satellite system and online. In Queensland it is one of two entities that dominate the narrowcast network, the other being Radio TAB.[10]

The network is operated by United Christian Broadcasters Australia Limited, trading as Vision Christian Media.[2]

"Vision FM" began operating on 1 February 1999, with a single broadcast area to Beaudesert in Queensland.[11] By 2001 it had established around 40 radio stations, and 156 by 2004.[11] The network's growth was assisted first by the purchase of 16 High-Powered Open Narrowcast (HPON) licenses in Western Sydney in 2002,[12] and thereafter other HPON licenses in Victoria and Western Australia. In 2016, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) reported that it had 507 radio transmitters across Australia in all mainland states.[13]

The national network is broadcast from studios in Underwood, a suburb of Brisbane.[3][4][11][14] In its programming, Vision Christian Radio has a vision of "Connecting Faith to Life" and seeks to mix contemporary Christian music, messages from Christian national and international speakers and practical teaching.[15] Vision Christian Radio has its own news service.[3]

Vision Christian Radio has several related ministry arms, including a second radio channel "Vision180 Radio" (for youth), daily devotionals "The Word for Today" (for adults) and "Vision180 Magazine" (for youth) as well as a prayer ministry "Vision Christian Prayer".[5]

In 2016, following an on-air interview with American Bible teacher Chuck Missler in which he criticised the Roman Catholic Church, Vision Christian Radio was found to have breached ACMA's Code of Conduct about acknowledging and responding to written complaints. ACMA dismissed related complaints that the network had perpetuated hatred or vilification during the interview.[16]

Notes

  1. ^ "Introducing Vision Christian Media". Vision Christian Media. United Christian Broadcasters Australia Limited. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b "United Christian Broadcasters Australia Limited". Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Griffen-Foley, Bridget; Healey, Alison M.; Horsfield, Peter (2014). "Religious broadcasting". In Griffen-Foley, Bridget (ed.). A Companion to the Australian Media (2014 ed.). Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing. pp. 411-413. ISBN 9781925003055. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ a b "RCS signs deal with United Christian Broadcasters". radioinfo. 26 June 2003. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Our history". Vision Christian Media. United Christian Broadcasters Australia Limited. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "About Us". Vision Christian Media. United Christian Broadcasters Australia Ltd. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "New radio station begins broadcasts in Guyra". Guyra Argus. Community Media Australia. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "List of stations". Vision Christian Media. United Christian Broadcasters Australia Limited. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ Kelham, Megg (2014). "Radio, Northern Territory". In Griffen-Foley, Bridget (ed.). A Companion to the Australian Media (2014 ed.). Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing. pp. 391-392. ISBN 9781925003055. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ Ames, Kate (2014). "Radio, Queensland". In Griffen-Foley, Bridget (ed.). A Companion to the Australian media (2014 ed.). Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing. pp. 392-394. ISBN 9781925003055. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ a b c "Ex-pat Australian returns to head up Vision FM". radioinfo. 22 January 2004. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "Vision FM launches high power station in Victoria". radioinfo. 20 March 2003. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "High power and low power radio open narrowcasters: programming and broadcasting data: Information provided by radio open narrowcasters pursuant to the Broadcasting Services (Additional Conditions - Open Narrowcasting Radio Services) Notice 2002" (.doc). Australian Communications and Media Authority. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "Vision Talbot FM begins broadcasts". Maryborough District Advertiser. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "Sydney has a new Christian radio station". Christian Today AU. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "Vision Christian Radio breaches Codes: ACMA". radioinfo. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 2019.

References

  • Ames, Kate (2014), "Radio, Queensland", in Griffen-Foley, Bridget (ed.), A Companion to the Australian Media, Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, pp. 411-413, ISBN 978-192500-30-55
  • Griffen-Foley, Bridget; Horsfield, Alison M.; Horsfield, Peter (2014), "Religious broadcasting", in Griffen-Foley, Bridget (ed.), A Companion to the Australian Media, Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, pp. 411-413, ISBN 978-192500-30-55

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