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Ethnic Community Broadcasting pioneer George Zangalis awarded Life Membership by the ECCV

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A legendary figure in Ethnic Community Broadcasting in Australia, George Zangalis was recently awarded a Life Membership by the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV).

“I acknowledge and accept with deep appreciation and a sense of profound solidarity the honour of life ECCV membership,” George said, upon receiving the award.

Awarded only to six other individuals over ECCV’s five-decade history, ECCV Chairperson Eddie Micallef said this award is of high honour.

George Zangelis. Photo: ECCV

Born in Greece in 1931, George came to Australia in February 1950. He was one of ECCV’s Founding Fathers and a leading contributor to the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia support for migrants rights.

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He pioneered Ethnic Community Broadcasting, serving on the ABC State and National Advisory Councils and the SBS Board in the early 1980s.

George also acted as the former President of Melbourne’s ethnic community radio station 3ZZZ, where he is still involved as a current affairs broadcaster. He is also a former President of the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council of Australia.

“We look forward to an opportunity to celebrate George Zangalis’ Life Membership and his lifetime achievements after the current public health crisis has passed”, Eddie Micallef, said.

“On behalf of our Board, staff and members we thank George for his leadership and service to the ECCV and multicultural communities in Victoria.”

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