Managing Director of the ABC has decreed;
The Health Report
The Law Report
The Media Report
The Science Show
are probably safe from the cuts at ABC Radio National, RN.
Rear Vision (brilliant, and should be broadcast to the world. Oh, it is already)
Bush Telegraph (a terrible loss to country people and people who interested in rural matters)
I expect they are all gone.
On the Media Report boss bloke of RN, Deb Leavitt, tried to play a role as as spin doctor about the cuts and she failed miserably. I hope she is a better boss than she is a spinner.
The loss of these programmes are due to funding cuts to our ABC by The Abbott. As usual I was a bit behind on podcasts but on my way home from work, stuck in traffic, I listened to Communication Minister's wife Lucy on the podcast By Design. Once home, I heard on our ABC Communication Minister Turnbull try to explain why PM Abbott's promise to not cut funding to the ABC had been fulfilled. The duplicitousness of Turnbull explaining away cuts to our ABC when his own wife appeared on one of the shows to be cut, galled me.
Ultimately it is up to the boss of our ABC to decide how the ABC budget is spent. The decision to cut certain programmes seems quite political to me, and good on him, in some ways.
Another of Mark Scott's decisions was to end the local state editions of 7.30 on Friday nights. I have seen it now, but the last edition of 7.30 Victoria was seen as it was broadcast by R. Did he blame Mark Scott over ABC budget allocations? No, he said that ****ing Abbott needs shooting. I hope everyone thinks like that, justified or not.
I will remain sanguine about the cuts to ABC RN and watch and see, no, listen to the new style of content, promised by Ms Leavitt.
The loss of ABC TV local editions of 7.30 is a tragedy and I will write about that separately.