As one of the pioneers in Austrian private radio Christian Jungwirth made a name for himself as the initiator and founder of several independent radio stations in Austria already in the 1990s. These stations include Orange 94.0, “das Freie Radio” in Vienna. From 1998 –2001 he also served the function of General Manager of the nation-wide Association of Free Radios Austria. Since 2001 he has continued his media-policy work with this association in the position of a board member. After diversions in the fields of R&D Management at the St. Poelten University of Applied Science for Media & Telecommunication and in cultural event management at the WUK in Vienna he returned to the board of Orange 94.0 at the end of 2003 and took on the position of chairman for the re-organisation and re-positioning of the station. This endeavour was successfully completed in summer 2007. In January 2005 Christian Jungwirth accepted the position of Managing Director of the newly founded Vienna Community Television Station Okto.
“With its unique media concentration Austria needs a vital scene of non-commercial community radio and television stations. These stations need an appropriate list of general conditions regarding media-policies and financial resources. Most of the Austrian province governments and also the Austrian federal government can use the Viennese media policies as an example. The fact that most of the political parties in Vienna – with the exception of the ultra-right FPÖ – chose to promote one of the largest Free Radio Stations in the German speaking realm (Orange 94.0) and one of the largest Community TV Stations in Europe (Okto) can be seen as an example of the best form of practice. But what is about the future of classical community broadcast media like community radio and community TV? How can they survive in the digital era in the 21st century? what are the concepts?“