Radio Norfolk 89.9FM

Radio Norfolk (callsign: VL2NI) is the only[citation needed] local radio station servicing the Norfolk Island community. Radio Norfolk is a government-owned and locally-run radio station, providing news and weather on the hour, combined with music programming[1]

Radio Norfolk
Radio Norfolk Logo.JPG
Broadcast areaNorfolk Island
Frequency89.9FM & 1566AM
FormatCommunity Radio
OwnerAdministration of Norfolk Island
Website (Under Construction)


Radio broadcasting began as a means of announcing incoming aircraft during World War II. During the 1960s and 1970s, the station provided primarily shipping and aircraft news.

In the early days of radio on Norfolk Island, the station was situated in the administration buildings in Kingston, inside what was then the new military barracks (now the office of the Norfolk Island Administrator). The station's studios were damaged by fire in the 1970s and since then, Radio Norfolk has been housed in its current premises in New Cascade Road, close to Burnt Pine.

In 1999, Radio Norfolk installed a 10-metre satellite dish to continue to receive and relay overseas TV and radio services on their own dedicated frequencies and re-transmitting other services overnight while the local station is closed.

In 1991, the Norfolk Island Broadcasting Service (which includes both television and radio services on Norfolk Island) became an additional full member of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.[2][3]

The station is staffed by both paid and voluntary staff.

In 2017, five presenters who said they were fired for being overly critical of the Australian government moved to set up a not-for-profit rival station, "where everybody has a voice no matter where they stand."[4]

Radio Norfolk also runs a youth radio program, which encourages the youth of the community to train in and familiarise themselves with community radio, with currently[when?] about 10 children hosting their own shows each week.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 August 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union - Members Directory 2007, page 89
  4. ^ "The intrepid rebels behind Norfolk Island's go-it-alone radio station". Crikey. 4 September 2017.

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Coordinates: 29°02′02″S 167°57′10″E / 29.033989°S 167.952913°E / -29.033989; 167.952913