Experts Group

CMFE Experts Group

The work of CMFE is also advised by members with in-depth expertise on European community media with the input of the CMFE Experts Group that consists of the Board of Directors plus the members listed below. To contact any individual member of the group please send a mail to info (a)


Marko Ala-Fossi
Tampere, Finland
Senior lecturer in Radio at the University of Tampere and the editor-in chief of Radio Moreeni, the only university radio station in Finland (2004-). Currently working as a postdoc researcher (2014 – 2016) in a research project fully funded by the Academy of Finland ( A founder member and vice chair of Finnish Community Radio Association (2007-). Member of a pan-European research team on digital radio, (DRACE) (2004-). Research interests include media policy, political economy and social shaping of the new media delivery technologies. Former news journalist, producer and market analyst at the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) (1989-2004).

Nadia Bellardi
Zürich, Switzerland
Public relations and intercultural communication consultant for non-profit, corporate and governmental organizations. Project work and research on media diversity, intercultural integration, migration and gender issues.
Vice President of CMFE from 2008 to 2015 and following the work of the Steering Committee on the Media and Information Society (CDMSI) of the Council of Europe as observer. She is also responsible for the collective program management of Radio LoRa, a community radio station in Zurich, Switzerland, and Board member of the Swiss radio school klipp+klang.
Nadia holds a MA Degree in Political Science and International Relations from Università Cattolica, Milan and a post-graduate MA Degree in Cultural Mediation from Venice University.

Steve Buckley
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Managing Director of Community Media Solutions, a not-for-profit media development agency. President of AMARC (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters) from 2003 to 2010. Also served on the international council of IFEX (International Freedom of Expression Exchange). Publications include “Broadcasting Voice and Accountability: a public interest approach to policy, law and regulation” (University of Michigan Press) and “Community media: a good practice handbook” (UNESCO)

Nico Carpentier
Brussels, Belgium
Associate Professor at the Communication Studies Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB – Free University of Brussels) and Lecturer at Charles University in Prague. Also an executive board member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and was vice-president of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) from 2008 to 2012.

Kate Coyer
Budapest, Hungary
Holds a PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London and is the Director of the Center for Media and Communication Studies at the Central European University in Budapest. Teaches in the Departments of Public Policy and Political Science. Primary research interests include comparative media policy, political economy of the mass media, alternative and community-based media, radio studies, civil society and media reform movements, and media for development. Produced radio programs and organizing media campaigns for the past twenty years and helps build community radio stations with the Prometheus Radio Project (USA).

Francesco Diasio
Brussels, Belgium
One of the founder members of the Community Media Forum Europe. Also Secretary General of AMARC – Europe. In 2010 ed the emergency team of AMARC after the earthquake in Haiti. In 2010 and 2011 consultant for IMS – International Media Support for the development of the independent radio sector in Pakistan, and for the technical set up of the Somali refugee radio station in the Daabab camp, Kenya. With AMARC, currently responsible for the technical reinforcement of Tunisian community radios and implementation of Community Media Centres in the country.

Larry Fergeson
An international project manager, communications strategist and media consultant with a special passion for communications for development engagement. One of the founding members and former general manager of the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC). Secretary of the CMFE board from May 2013 – October 2014.

Entered the world of community radio in 1983 in the team of Radio CLAPAS (Montpellier, France), he founded in 1990 the Federation of Non Commercial Community Radios in Languedoc-Roussillon (FRANC-LR / ) which includes more than thirty local radio in southern France. Between 1992 and 2007, he represents local radios at the Commission of the Support Fund to the local Radiophonic Expression (FSER) which allocates state aid to the 650 French community radios (29 M€).
Co-founder in 1991 of the National Confederation of Community Radios (CNRA /, organization that brings together 13 French federations of community radio stations and over 250 radio stations renewing their mandate each year.
He holds the presidency from 1996 to 1999 and is currently a member of the Executive Board, Delegate for International Relations. As such, he develops cooperation activities of CNRA with the french-speaking radio stations in West Africa since 2001 and was elected to the Board of AMARC Europe in 2011.

Gergely Gosztonyi
Lawyer and media researcher. Graduated (Ph.D) in 2003 at the Faculty of Law, ELTE Budapest, now he is teaching at the same place since that time. He has a Ph.D. of Master of Laws Degree. He is the Head of the Rector’s Secretariat of Eötvös Loránd University. Studied sociology and political sciences for one year in Finland and media law for a half a year in Denmark. Between 2000-2004 he was the office coordinator of the Hungarian Federation of Free Radios and between 2005-2006 he was the managing director of Civil Radio, a community radio in Budapest. He is a member of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE). His research field is alternative media and non-profit broadcasting, especially the legislation of the third-media-sector.

Lyacout Haïcheur
Living in Amiens since 1996. Working for Carmen since 2007. Based in Amiens, Carmen is one of the oldest community media in France with the TV channel Canal Nord. Carmen is a  member of the board of VDPQ since about 15 years. In Carmen I’m driving action about media education, mediation. Before that, she was working on cultural projects : Concert hall « Lune des pirates » during 4 years (administration of production) and Maison de la Culture : administration of production for theatre.

Christer Hederström
Stockholm, Sweden
Media Advisor with a background working with the government from 1973 on radio, television and film including the community media report to the Ministry of Culture 2003-2004. Founder of the Open Channel community television in Stockholm 1993 and has been a member of the board of the Stockholm Community Radio Association. Also a background as radio operator in the merchant navy. Member of the board of the Radio Academy and the Public Service Council in Sweden.  Christer has been Convenor for Digital Radio, and Mapping and Ratings Working Groups and Coordinator of the CMFE Experts Group as well as board member until 2015.

Arne Hintz
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Lecturer at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, teaching and researching citizen media, communication policy, and technological change. Chair of the Community Communication Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Practical background as journalist, media activist, and communication rights advocate, and CMFE Board member 2006-2011.

Peter Lewis
London, United Kingdom
Senior Lecturer in Community Media in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at London Metropolitan University, a member of the Community Media Association of Great Britain and of the Community Communications Section of the IAMCR. For over ten years an evaluation consultant to community media training projects funded under the EU’s Grundtvig programme and currently for COMAPP.

Jürgen Linke
Berlin, Germany
Director of Open Channel Berlin 1985-2008 and former chairman of BOK Bundesverband Offene Kanäle (National Association of Open Channels). Publisher of the BOK Newletter Community Media News.

Friederike Maier
Hannover, Germany
Radio engineer and working in community radios for nearly 15 years, creating radio shows, supporting the survival of servers and networks. Also on the board of  BFR (Bundeverband Freier Radios/Association of Free Radios) with over 30 member radio stations in Germany.

Rui Monteiro
Aarhus, Denmark
One of the founder members of the Community Media Forum Europe. Board member of SAML, Danish Association of community radio and TV. Board member of the Danish Journalist Union in East Jutland. Chairman of NORDSAM – Nordic Multiethnic Media Association. Member of the European network “Tuning in to Diversity” and of the European network Youth4Media. Founded Indvandrer TV, the first multicultural community TV in Denmark. Rui worked in the community media field for over 16 years.Has special expertise on ethnic minority media at the nordic and european level. Founder and CEO of Aarhus Global Media – European Community Media Centre for Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue.

Ciaran Murray
Dublin, Ireland
Coordinator of the near media co-op in Dublin. Involved in community media, both radio and television, as a volunteer, producer, radio station manager and committee member for almost 20 years. Currently chairperson of Dublin Community Television and secretary of the Craol, the Community Radio Forum of Ireland. Initiated and worked on many pieces of research including the 2003 Craol research, “Community Radio & Community Development” and the recently published, ‘Cross National comparative analysis of Community Radio funding schemes’. 2011-2013 Secretary of the Board and from May 2013 to November 2015 President of CMFE.

Núria Reguero Jiménez
Barcelona, Spain
Journalist and researcher at the Communication Institute of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (InCom-UAB, ). Coordinates the UNESCO Chair in Communication InCom-UAB and is member of a R&D team studying the impact of the DTT in media pluralism. Teaching communication theories at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). Master of Advanced Studies in 2010 with a thesis focusing on the evolution of Community Media in France, Spain and UK (activity, claims and public policies). Member of CMFE Board 2008-2011

Salvatore Scifo
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Salvatore is a Senior Lecturer in Social Media and Communication at the School of Journalism, English and Communication, Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University, where is also a member of Centre of Media History and an associate member of the Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community. In 2011 he completed his doctoral research at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), University of Westminster, on ‘The origins and
development of community radio in Britain under New Labour (1997-2007)’. He was Secretary (2007-2011) and Vice President (2011-2013) of the Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE). Since August 2016 he is the Co-Chair of the Community Communication and Alternative Media Section of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). He has previously worked in Istanbul (Marmara University, Maltepe University and Koc University), London (University of Westminster and London Metropolitan University) and the University of Siena, where he was Deputy Director of the first Italian university radio station ‘Facolta’ di Frequenza’. He has published on student media, British and European  Community Radio, and European Community Media Policy.

Jacob Schulze
Stockholm, Sweden
Jacob’s working life in media started with TV-journalism, with the national broadcasting company SVT and many years as a freelance journalist. During one year Jacob was assisting lecturer in journalism at the University of Stockholm. He was a stringer for Nordic media in Brussels 1992-1995. This led to become audiovisual adviser to the European Commission, working with press and media affairs related to Sweden. In that capacity Jacob met Christer Hederström. Further on he initiated several EU-funded projects for enhancing diversity in media, especially public service. Several projects have included participants from other Member States of the EU. Jacob is presently working as an education and communication consultant with his own company. Member of the board of CMS, Community Media Sweden, the umbrella organization for RÖK and NRO, the TV and Radio community media associations.

Stefan Tenner
Neumünster, Germany
Journalist, worked as a correspondent in South-Eastern europe or research associate at the Berlin University of the Arts, coordinator for several European radio projects and media trainer. Engaged in community station Radio CORAX and the Association of Community Radios in Germany (BFR). The MARS [CoE’s/EU “Media Against Racism in Sport” programme] coordinator for CMFE (2011/2012) and will now continue the task within the subsequence programme: ” MEDIANE – Media Exchanges for Diversity Inclusiveness, Anti-racism and Non-discrimination in Europe” (2013/2014).

Gabriella Velics
Szombathely, Hungary
Gabriella Velics, Ph.D. in Language Sciences, is an associate professor in Department of Communication and Media Sciences, University of West Hungary, based in Szombathely. She managed the University’s community radio station – Berzsenyi Radio –, and led several award winning student radio projects during its seven years operation. She continues activity and serves community radio movement as member of the board of Community Media Forum Europe since 2010. She teaches sociology, media pedagogy, social communication and theories of publicity, PR and media relations, radio broadcasting. Her research interests include the community radio system and its function in social communication; but also education of journalism, professional relation of PR and journalism. She has a background as a sociologist, journalist and radio presenter.

Pieter de Wit
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
President of CMFE from December 2007, re-elected for a second term in 2011 to 2013. From May 2013 to 2015 treasurer of the board. Until the end of 2008 director of OLON, the Dutch federation of local public broadcasters. For more then 26 years contributed to the development of this sector, which now covers more then 90% of the Dutch households. Active on an international level since around 1990, contributing on topics like media legislation, digitalization and media pluralism.