The CBAA has sacked the six staff of Amrap, including its manager Chris Johnson, after the team went “rogue” and accused its parent of advancing a damaging restructure, TIO has learned.
Johnson and his colleagues no longer work with the CBAA, the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, which holds an annual management contract for Amrap, which they receive from the Community Broadcasting Foundation.
It’s understood the six Amrap staff, who briefly reunited under the “Republic of Amrap” banner a month ago, represented roughly a third of the CBAA’s headcount.
A spokesperson for the CBAA confirmed to TIO the six staffers had been let go.
It’s unclear for what reasons the staff have been dismissed, though it immediately followed them disclosing a range of governance and management issues that the entire Amrap team regarded as threatening the transparency and viability of the publicly-funded project. Johnson could not be reached for comment.
The CBAA, it would appear, is taking back control. On Friday, Amrap clients received a message which introduced radio veteran and former 2ser’s Music Director Andrew Khedoori as the new point person for Amrap. The memo mentioned “some recent issues with Amrap services,” and that “most things are now back in action,” but didn’t address the fate of the Amrap team. Earlier in the week, the Amrap Facebook page was reactivated with a post on its newly-published AIRIT Charts. It marked the first social media update from Amrap in three weeks.