Since 1979, community broadcaster PBS 106.7FM has been an integral player in Melbourne’s diverse music community – with more than 80 specialist music programs ranging from soul to garage to country to jazz – PBS is dedicated to nurturing, inspiring and championing Melbourne’s diverse music community. You can also find us on Digital Radio, web-streaming, PBS-on-demand and at events around town like Soul A-Go-Go, Rock-A-Bye-Baby music sessions and many others…

We strive to achieve:

A thriving, diverse music scene, particularly for under-represented music

Content with integrity and quality

An engaged and involved music community

Sustainable operations

PBS matters because we support musicians and artists from the ground up. We are passionately committed to seeking out, discovering and presenting diverse and independent music.

Our announcers are music-loving folk who volunteer their energy, music knowledge and vast record collections to prepare in-depth, specialist, music-centric programs. Every announcer has complete autonomy over what they play. Their programs are a reflection of their ever-evolving musical tastes, enthusiasms and discoveries – a musical journey which is shared intimately with the audience.

The station is run by more than 400 dedicated volunteers and a small team of professional staff.

With an estimated 295,000 weekly listeners across Melbourne, PBS depends on its loyal community to support the station’s activities through financial memberships and donations as well as sponsorship. This allows us to pursue our shared vision with integrity and independence.

For more on becoming a supporter – either becoming a member, making a donation or being a sponsor. For more on PBS as an organisation and its Board.

A Co-operative Organisation

Progressive Broadcasting Service Co-operative Limited (PBS) was first established and registered as a co-operative limited company in 1979, and it remains so today.

According to Consumer Affairs Victoria: 'A co-operative is an organisation concerned with providing for the needs of its members. The structure enables the individual member to benefit from economies of scale through the combined purchasing, distribution or marketing power or influence of the group. Members generally share investment and operational risks, benefits gained, or losses incurred. Cooperatives are traditionally based on values of:

self-help

self-responsibility

democracy

equality

equity; and

solidarity'

 

 Active Members

As a co-operative limited bound by the Victorian Co-operatives Act, PBS requires shareholders known as ‘Active Members’.

Active Members of the PBS co-operative establish their active membership through shareholding, by purchasing a minimum of $50 of non-profit generating shares, on top of the annual subscription / membership fee. As a not-for-profit organisation, these shares carry no dividend payment.

Becoming an Active Member is one way to contribute to decision-making at PBS. Active Members are entitled to elect Members to the Board of Directors, stand for election to the Board, and vote on any matters put to the Annual General Meeting,

PBS reviews its membership of Active Members at least annually. PBS promotes and encourages Active Membership to those who demonstrate a regular commitment to the station’s mission such as volunteers, Announcers and involved subscribers / members.
 

The Board of Directors

PBS is governed by its Board of Directors. The role of the Board is to address and develop the strategic objectives for the General Manager and to set the policies under which the General Manager and the company must operate. The Board does not direct management on operational decisions.

All seven members of the Board of Directors must be Active Members as defined above and are elected by Active Members at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Board members are appointed for a two-year term. The Chairperson is elected at the first Board meeting following the AGM. A number of Board appointments are notated with an * as having 'preferred experience'.

Each member holds one vote on matters before the group. In the event of a tied vote, the Chairperson will cast the deciding vote.

Information about PBS Annual General Meetings can be found here.
 

Current Directors

Jurgen Schaub: Chair
Qualifications: Hands on
Experience: Over 18 years of technology experience and nine years volunteering at PBS. Jurgen is part of the PBS online development team. He joined the PBS Board November 2010.

Peter Boyle: Secretary 
Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (La Trobe 2010); Senior Associate Slater and Gordon Lawyers. 
Experience: Peter is an experienced lawyer with a reputation for building good relationships, high quality work and a commitment to social justice. Peter acts for a diverse client base including individuals, businesses and not-for profit organisations and registered charities, in both litigious and non-litigious matters. As a Senior Associate in the Commercial Litigation group at Slater and Gordon, Peter acts for several not-for-profit organisations and registered charities, on both a fee paying and pro bono basis. Peter’s not-for-profit clients have included community arts organisations, advocacy groups, unions and student unions and he is a trusted advisor for a large Victorian Aboriginal Corporation based in Melbourne. Peter’s litigation practice focuses on business and property disputes as well as professional negligence matters. Peter hopes to be able to bring his legal expertise to the PBS board and to assist the station generally with legal issues, including in relation to its move to CAP. He is a fan of Americana and country music and his interests include running and hanging out with his partner and his two pet whippets at home in Melbourne’s west. Joined the Board August 2019.

Justin Naylor: Treasurer
Qualifications: B.Bus (Acc) VUT, CPA Australia, MBA, Melbourne Business School.
Experience: Justin has extensive financial experience having worked in public, private and not for profit organisations over the last 27 years. He is currently Finance and Operations Manager at METIER3 Architects. Justin has been a Committee member of the Small and Medium Enterprises Committee at CPA Australia since 2011 and since January 2013 a Divisional Councillor of CPA Australia’s Victorian Division.He joined the PBS Board in November 2013.

Tess Lawley: Director 
Qualifications: Bachelor of Communications (Professional Communication), RMIT University; Business Foundations Specialization (online course), Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Experience: As a PBS office volunteer and announcer, and an active volunteer in the community broadcasting sector, Tess has experience in: Media production including radio, TV, podcasts, video and text; understands office operations and membership/subscription models at community stations; volunteer engagement and relationship building; training development and delivery; media law and community broadcasting licensing and codes of practice. As the General Manager at SYN Media, she has experience in: financial management, budgeting and forecasting, reading and preparing financial statements; strategic planning and operational delivery; reporting to the board and members, including risk and compliance, finances and development in strategic objectives; income generation models and methods. As a former Board member of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) she has skills in: due diligence; NFP governance and associations law; reading and understanding financial statements; and responsibilities of a director. Tess joined the Board November 2016.

Lauren O’Dwyer: Director
Qualifications: Studied Arts/Science (Performing Arts/Psychology) at Monash University; Board member of Monash University Board, 2010; AICD Finance for Directors, 2011; Cert 1 in Social Work, VU, 2011; and ScotWork negotiation training, 2013.
Experience: Hailing from regional Victoria, Lauren moved to Melbourne in 2004 and spent the following decade getting to know Melbourne and regional Victoria’s live music venues. She has developed a great love of weeknight gigs and supporting emerging artists. She is an avid listener of PBS radio, and is currently a patron member. Professionally, Lauren was involved in events management before moving into working in the State Government, providing strategic and policy advice to various Ministers, the bulk of which was in creative industries. In more recent times, Lauren has been providing strategic advice to PBS on possible funding approaches to Government. Lauren currently works as the Senior Advisor to the Executive at Arts Centre Melbourne. Lauren's experience across Government, knowledge of music networks, and strong ability to form partnerships and build community across sectors see her well placed to help the station grow in its new home. Lauren joined the Board November 2017.

Christopher Pearson: Director 
Qualifications: Hands on 
Experience: 40 years building industry experience. 6 years on the PPG as the Hard’n’Heavy category coordinator. 10 years as a volunteer of PBS. Chris joined the Board November 2019.

Madeleine Macfarlane: Director 
Qualifications: Bachelor Arts / Music (Honors). 4 years study of PhD (incomplete) for the Centre of Creative Partnerships at VCA. 
Experience: 10+ years broadcasting at PBS. Experienced grant writer for radio content development and training. Board experience for Sweethearts Foundation (music program & band through Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College, Geelong). Current teacher PBS announcer course. CBF Content Grants Advisory Committee member. Maddy joined the Board November 2019.

Become a shareholder of PBS

If you want to get more involved with the station, then why not consider becoming a shareholder of Progressive Broadcasting Service Co-operative Limited (PBS is the owner and operator of the broadcast license 106.7FM and Digital Radio). Shareholding costs $50 and is kept ‘activate’ by having a current (financial) membership. Active Shareholding allows you to vote at the Annual General Meeting, which is held end of November. You may also choose to stand for the Board. Please contact   to receive an application form or if you have any questions.

Our Community

PBS is a not-for-profit community radio station based in Melbourne, and largely run by volunteers. At PBS, everyone is committed to the cause of little-heard music which deserves more attention – in all of its diversity. However, the way we support this cause is far more complex than being just a glorified jukebox that plays music we all like.

One way to think about the music scene, is as a highly complex eco-system, with each component connected to, supporting and nurturing the other. With this in mind, PBS collaborates with other organizations to fulfill its vision.

Corporate Supporters (pro bono work)
Arnold Bloch Leibler – Lawyers & Advisors
SMS Central

Community partner organisations
Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society
Multicultural Arts Victoria
The Gertrude Association
Reclink (annual Community Cup footy and music match)
Blues Music Victoria

Government/Council partners
City of Yarra
City of Melbourne
Community Broadcasting Foundation

PBS is a member of
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia
Community Broadcasting Association of Victoria
Music Victoria

 

Read PBS Policies sand Procedures here.

 

PBS Staff are:

Adrian Basso: General Manager
Owen McKern: Program Manager
Paul Maybury: Production Manager
Alicia Saye: Production Assistant
Sarah Blaby: Sponsorship & Promotions Manager
Shelley McNicholl: Sponsorship & Promotions Coordinator
Iain Swift: Sponsorship & Promotions Coordinator
Meg Butler: Marketing & Events Manager
Aleisha Hall: Marketing & Events Coordinator
Elle Young: Membership Services
Kurt Eckardt: Social Media & Membership Assistant
Firas Massouh: Music & Interviews Coordinator
Alex Sims: Interviews Coordinator
Mara Williams: Volunteer Coordinator & Office Manager
Romney Shuttleworth: Accounts