25 Oct 2018
2018 marks 40 years since the inception of this industry organisation
“We drew up a Constitution and planned annual meetings and support for the Christian aspirants. We shared our hopes and dreams and planned our approaches to the Government.”
Before any Christian broadcasting licence had been granted in Australia, a group of aspiring Christian broadcasters from all across Australia convened to form The National Christian Broadcasters. There had been a growing number of test broadcasting stations, and growing interest by Christian groups in setting up new stations, that many agreed this kind of group was needed to share common problems and provide mutual support.
The first meeting was held on February 18, 1978 in the studios of the Christian Broadcasting Association in Sydney. The first president was Mr Ben Whithall, a veteran broadcaster and former commercial station manager.
In ‘God Gave Me a Microphone’, Vernon Turner OAM writes, “We drew up a Constitution and planned annual meetings and support for the Christian aspirants. We shared our hopes and dreams and planned our approaches to the Government.”
In a CBA Newsletter clipping following the event we learn, “An important feature of NCB is its code of Ethics to which each Member subscribes. Each broadcaster acknowledges that holding a broadcast licence is a privilege not a right and carries certain clearly-defined responsibilities. Among these are a promise to operate the station with integrity, to operate it as a positive Christian witness and with excellence in program and technical areas.
National Christian Broadcasters will ensure the highest professional operating conditions for member stations.”
In the 40 years since, the organisation has grown to include members New Zealand and Asia, and members of the Screen and Arts communities, along with churches and Christian ministries.