Commonwealth Broadcasting Association

Commonwealth Broadcasting Association
Commonwealth Broadcasting Association

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Formation 15 February 1945
Type Representative body for broadcasters
Headquarters United Kingdom 17 Fleet Street, London, United Kingdom
Location Commonwealth of Nations
Membership 102 members and affiliates
Secretary-General Sally-Ann Wilson

Founded in 1945,[1] the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) is a representative body for public service broadcasters throughout the Commonwealth. A not-for-profit non-government organisation, the CBA is funded by subscriptions from 102 members and affiliates from 53 countries. The stated goal of the CBA is to promote best practices in public service broadcasting and to foster freedom of expression. It also serves to provide support and assistance to its members through training, bursaries, consultancies, networking opportunities and materials for broadcast.

The CBA holds a bi-annual General Conference and puts on regional conferences in the interim years; it is next holding its General Conference in Brisbane, Australia in 2012. It also aims to provide consultancies to member organisations in areas of management and finance and help local organisers who need specialised help in running broadcast-related workshops. In addition, the CBA offers a number of bursaries to full-time employees of its member organisations to enhance their skills and knowledge. . The CBA Secretariat is located in Fleet Street, London, U.K. and the current Secretary-General is Sally-Ann Wilson.



The CBA traces its roots to a Broadcasting Conference on February 15, 1945 for Canada, Australia, South Africa, India, the UK and New Zealand. This brought together representatives of the broadcasting organizations that had co-operated closely in reporting the Second World War and was held in the Council Chamber of Broadcasting House in London.

The title "Commonwealth Broadcasting Association" was adopted in Malta in 1974 as well as the CBA charter, which set out the principles and aims of the association. It stipulates that membership "shall be open to publicly owned national public service broadcasting organisations, or groups of such organisations, which are responsible for the planning, production and presentation of broadcast programmes in Commonwealth countries". This was modified in 1995 to allow for membership of commercial companies with a commitment to public service broadcasting and to allow for affiliate membership.

Following the first conference in Britain in 1945, a subsequent meeting was again held in Britain in 1952 and then in Australia (1956), India (1960), Canada (1963), Nigeria (1965), New Zealand (1968), and then on a regular basis every two years continuing with Jamaica (1970), Kenya (1972), Malta (1974), Singapore (1976), Mauritius (1978), Australia (1980), Canada (1982), Hong Kong (1984), Britain (1986), The Bahamas (1988) Cyprus (1990), Botswana (1992), Canada (1994), Malaysia (1996), Gibraltar (1998), South Africa (2000), Britain (2002) and Fiji (2004), Delhi (2006), Bahamas (2008). The next general conference is planned for 2010 in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference will be hosted at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton.

Short Story Competition

The Commonwealth Short Story Competition began in 1996. Set up to increase understanding and appreciation of and between Commonwealth cultures, to showcase the rich diversity of the Commonwealth and to support rising literary talents, it is funded by the Commonwealth Foundation and administered by the CBA. The competition is open to all Commonwealth citizens of any age, who can send up to three short stories. These have to be in written English whilst original and unpublished with the author giving a declaration to this effect with each entry. CBA member stations have the right to broadcast the stories, free of charge.

The overall winner of the 2009 Short Story Competition was Jennifer Moore with Table Talk, who was also the regional winner for Canada and Europe. The following were runner-ups and regional winners, the African winner was Kachi A. Ozumba (Nigeria) for The One-Armed Thief, the Asian winner Manasi Subramaniam (India) wrote Debbie’s Call, the Caribbean winner was Alake Pilgrim (Trinidad & Tobago) for Shades and for the Pacific was Terri-Anne Green (Australia) with The Colour of Rain.

Since 2009 the competition has been administered and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation as part of its Culture and Diversity Programme.

Pick of the Commonwealth

Beginning in December 2005, Pick of the Commonwealth is a monthly podcast featuring news, views and comments from around the Commonwealth. It is often presented by former BBC World Service journalist, Robin White, and is available for download from the CBA website. January 2010 (edition #50) was the last edition of Pick of the commonwealth although you can still listen to the material collected around the world from the past editions.


CBA Full Members

CBA Affiliate Members

See also


  1. ^ Commonwealth Broadcaster Handbook & Directory. 2007. 

External links

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