Melbourne’s GLBTI radio station, JOY 94.9 will change its management line-up in the next few months with the announcement this week of a top-end restructure.

Only one role has been targeted at this stage with the currently part-time program manager role now to be replaced with a full-time broadcaster manager position.

JOY station manager Stephen Hahn told Southern Star the move was about improving the station’s focus on programming and the ongoing professionalisation of the station.

-œWe want to consolidate the good stuff we’re already doing and take it to the next stage of broadcasting, he said.

-œWe’re a unique organisation and I think we’ve all been clear internally and externally that we need a full-time program or broadcast manager.

The current program manager is Leenie Fabri, who has been employed in the role since September 2006, and has been invited to apply for the new position.

Hahn said the new position would be advertised through mainstream websites and would call for someone with independent broadcasting experiencing who can manage multiple studios, drive new content and review current training courses.

-œWe want someone who can position us for what the next phase of broadcasting will be, get up to speed on all aspects of broadcasting and hopefully someone who’s got some experience in cross-content delivery, Hahn said.

-œWe’re after someone who can get their head around the transition to digital broadcasting, when and if we have to move, ways of developing our grid so it’s representative of the community model, yet still sustainable and fund-able and look at program grants.

Hahn said the decision to advertise externally as made by both the board and management as a way of looking at all options.

-œIt has been a consultative process …[we] put all thoughts on the table and looked at what the best structure would be and how we could work towards doing that, he said.

-œWe’ve said for a long time we really want to get more resources into programming -” we’ve got to go through this to see who’s out there to put their hand up.

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