Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Shocking wind

Are we all holding our breath? The shocking wind won't be fixed by Dewitts Powder. Those to our far north are as prepared as they can be thanks to up to the date technology and forecasts by our weather bureau.

Our ABC is the nation's emergency broadcaster. I don't know what sort of hole in their budgets these tasks cause the ABC, but what a sterling job they have done through the Queensland and Victorian floods and now with the approaching Cyclone Yasi.

Across Queensland eleven local radio stations are broadcasting cyclone information via both AM and FM frequencies. Radio National is also broadcasting cyclone news as is News Radio, ABC Classic, and Radio Australia via shortwave. As was for the Qld floods, a special digital radio service has been set up to broadcast ABC Queensland across the nation, keeping all of us updated. ABC TV News 24 is playing its part too.

When the government next allocates money to our ABC, I hope they remember these times.

Later edit: BBC Asia Pacific is also giving the cyclone extensive coverage.


  1. They do an amazing job. I haven't listened to the digital channel but what a resource.

  2. I watched News 24 after being at my brother's house and feeling rather uncomfortable at the ad-breaks and clearly-excited on the spot reporters. A thousand percent better.

  3. Anonymous11:35 am

    I've been watching News24 online. The streaming is very clear.

    I think it'll take a long time for Qld to recover from Yasi. V.

  4. Agree Fen.

    I know what you mean Kath. R's tolerance level for anything like that is about two minutes.

  5. And never mind the flood recovery as well V. We've had our share this year.

  6. Anonymous3:01 pm

    Yes, it's been a terrible start to the year. Let's hope this is the last of it. V.

  7. The ABC does a terrific job in these situations.