Saturday, December 26, 2015

Dear ABC

Our ABC TV chose to broadcast a national news service on Christmas night, rather than state based local news broadcasts. I have no problems with that. It is a public holiday and minimal staffing means many more people can celebrate the occasion with their families. The mix of stories was national and evenly spread. I would almost say well done ABC, but at least twice we saw backdrops of ABC News, New South Wales. How could our ABC get such a simple thing so wrong?

Well, on Boxing Day on ABC Victoria local digital radio, they really got it wrong. Off air with soothing music for a time, multiple voice streams overlaying, audio crossings that did not work, dead air. Declan, the work experience kiddie was clearly out of his depth as he sat at the controls. I am only a little bit stupid and I know how difficult things can be behind the scene, but still these are such basic areas of radio broadcasting. I am not normally very demonstrative but when R asked me what is wrong with the radio, I threw my hands in the air and said some naughty words.

By all means ABC, give staff time off and cut costs but you need to make sure someone is in place who knows the stuff.

16 comments:

  1. Or at the very least, leave him a numbered step-by-step list for the time he will be on air.

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    1. Maybe there is River, but when things go wrong, it takes experience to sort them out.

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  2. It will be interesting to see what happens to Aunty with the new boss that will take the helm in 2016.

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    1. Carol, Murdoch will not like that her area of expertise is digital technology.

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  3. Would have made an interesting recording....to hear the goof.

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    1. Strayer, just really annoying, especially the double stream of audio.

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  4. And isn't it always the way? The work experience baby is left to hold the fort while those who know things are away. A dangerous precedent set in many, many companies.

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    1. EC, with the fires, it was quite an important time to have reliable broadcasts, as difficult as they can be when things are being done on the run.

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  5. I always listen to 1026 ABC NewsRadio, except when asleep or at work. And I normally don't mind them crossing to the BBC World Service every night at midnight - I need to hear European news each night.

    But during the Christmas-Box Day break, I barely heard ANY Australian ABC NewsRadio, even during the day. Very strange.

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    1. Hels, I really don't mind the Christmas cutback locally but it should not be biased towards NSW and things should at least work. We should be celebrating that the ABC has a new female boss, but I am afraid.

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  6. Don't complain, you know the Lib mongrels are trying to shut down the ABC and probably did this on purpose.

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    1. Jah Teh, I don't go for the political deviance in this case but just incompetence somewhere along the line.

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  7. Anonymous7:20 am

    All of the old hands have retired (like me) or been given the boot in the great purge of 2014. The children are in charge and, not only are they cheap as chips to hire, but think they know everything. Til something goes wrong. They have no idea what is news. I remember telling someone that Cory Aquino had died and we needed to get this story to air quickly. The first response was 'who is CA and why will anyone care?' So I had to explain about Marcos and the revolution in the philippines. You know, ancient history. What do they teach in schools these days? Not a lot apparently. My brother who is in his 50s didnt know the Japanese had bombed Darwin.

    For me, the straw and the camel's back came with the introduction of 24 hour news television which sucked up resources and created a constant demand for quick updates of everything. Radio suffered as a consequence. More work, fewer people to do it. More hysterics. I was sad to leave but glad at the same time. I feel I am too much of a professional to be bothered with trivialisation. After a 40 year career there, it's not a place I want to work at anymore. - Ian

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    1. Very interesting Ian but I guess not so different to many workplaces, mine included. Older workers are thought of as been inflexible even though they may worked at the same job for a long time and have experienced constant change.

      Australia All Over this week gave us a really useful NSW weather round up. I knew the temps of all NSW regional cities but not the nation's second largest capital city.

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  8. Ha ha I missed this, but I too get frustrated when the stream goes wrong

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    1. Fen, this is the time of the year when it all goes wrong at our ABC.

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