Thursday, April 10, 2014

Leave Replacements at Our ABC

I used to write a bit about tv and radio but I don't think I have for some time.

Generally when tv and radio presenters go on holidays, their substitutes are not as good as your favourite presenter who you are very used to. It is not a good idea to for presenters to allow themselves to be replaced by someone better, summed up by be careful who replaces you while you are on holidays.

At ABC TV and ABC Melbourne Local Radio, formerly known as 3LO, we have two fill in hosts at the moment.

7.30 or as we prefer to call it, The 7.30 Report, presenter Leigh Sales is on maternity leave. It was an interesting experiment having two hosts for 7.30, Sales and Chris Uhlmann, alternating nights. While there was nothing wrong with Uhlmann's presenting, he lacked the warmth of Sales and was quietly relegated to reporting from Canberra. He is now host of  ABC Radio's morning current affairs show AM  and he does a very fine job in the role.

While Sales is on leave, her replacement is Sarah Ferguson (not her fault she got that name), a first class investigative reporter and I seem to recall her reporting for radio current affairs too. She took a little time to settle into the role, but once she did, her brilliance at interviewing was a pleasure to behold, as politicians twisted and turned under her concise and demanding questions. I actually prefer her to Sales, but that is just personal taste really. Both are very good. ABC TV current affairs is awash with brilliant women.

Leigh Sales was a former host of Late Line, now on leave as host of 7.30.


Sarah Ferguson, somewhat more attractive than the other one.


ABC Melbourne radio morning's Jon Faine is Australia's premier Local Radio broadcaster. He has been doing it for a very long time and is very good at it. At times I ponder who could possibly replace him if he left. Fill in hosts have come and gone and I never cared much for any of them. But there was one who I liked who took on his task when he went on extended leave to drive from Melbourne to London with his son. Some six years later she is again filling in for him now while he is on leave.


Ali Moore lives in Singapore where she is a freelance correspondent and presenter for BBC World News and also works for Newsday and Asia Business Report.


I think she is just brilliant in her role as radio Faine's leave replacement. She is sharp, witty, warm, has excellent diction and a great breadth of knowledge, just what is required for the role. Of course there is no need for her to be attractive when she is on radio, but she is that too. Beauty, brains and the gift of the gab. Perfect.

ABC hosts need to be very careful about who replaces them while they are on holidays. Sales and Faine have both made very poor choices by choosing excellent substitutes.

15 comments:

  1. An interesting thought. Sadly, I suspect that people get very little choice - or say - in who replaces them while they are on leave. Which sometimes could create some job anxiety.

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    1. EC, I would guess it is a decision taken by higher management.

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  2. ABC Melbourne radio morning's Jon Faine is Australia's premier Local Radio broadcaster

    I can't speak for elsewhere but Faine's name would be unknown to masses of Sydney's radio listeners.

    The breakfast radio broadcasters are the big names and the most talked about names in Sydney radio. Regardless of whether they are loved (not many) or disliked (many more) their leave replacements do well if they simply maintain the ratings of the regulars during their holiday stint.

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    1. Victor, he would not be known in any other state, but he is the 'senior' broadcaster and has been doing the morning programme since 1996. He was also a presenter of the Law Report and had a stint at 3LO in afternoons, before he was sacked.

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  3. "ABC TV current affairs is awash with brilliant women". And so is ABC radio. Laura Tchilinguirian is wonderful *melt*.

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    1. Hels, I am no familiar with her. Maybe if I heard her name, I might know it. I will keep an ear out.

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  4. "Sales and Faine have both made very poor choices by choosing excellent substitutes."
    But did they?
    Doesn't the company appoint the substitute?
    And they would choose the best they can get in an effort to maintain or increase ratings.

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    1. Yes River, I expect management choose the replacement, but I also think there might be input from the regular person.

      As for the best they can get, past experience of replacements for ABC Melbourne radio tells me they don't.

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  5. Andrew, Media in every country are different and have their ups and downs.

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    1. Gosia, it is interesting that our publically funded ABC competes very well with commercial media.

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  6. We have several speakers so I have no idea if somebody is sick or pregnant or whatever, lol !

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    1. Gattina, is is like a cult of personality. You get to know who the usual person is and get annoyed when they take holidays.

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  7. Yes, I do like Ali, much better than Sally Warhaft. Not that I get to listen to Faine's program much these days.

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    1. Fen, I respect Sally immensely but I don't think she is made for radio broadcasting. There is a word......umm, checking, no, lugubrious is not really the right word. She sounds heavy and slow.

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