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.