Monday, December 18, 2017

Not Happy Our ABC

On the eve of a Federal New South Wales by-election, where the Federal Government could fall or become a minority government, Our ABC TV chose not give us a 730, its national current affairs show. Instead we had a repeat of a Nigella Lawson cooking show.

Cuts cuts and more cuts.

R opined that after the popular Red Symons was sacked as breakfast presenter of Melbourne ABC Radio, that it would become a national programme. He was wrong about that and the two who are replacing him, (two for the price of one?) may well be ok. However with recent changes all over the country, some local radio is lost with a programme about culture and music coming from Sydney as a national programme for one and a half hours in the early afternoon.

The World Today at noon, cut from one hour to half an hour. PM, one hour at 6pm cut to half an hour and moved to later. These are slow paced radio current affairs shows that need time to tell the stories in depth.

The conservative government appointed Managing Director, Michelle Guthrie, may well be known as another MD who has inflicted a thousand cuts on Our ABC.

What will happen at Radio National, or RN as the modernisers like to call it. As its name suggests, it a national ABC broadcasting radio station. As a young person it was dry old station that only played opera and classical music. It moved on and now has some wonderful programmes, which I never listen live to but download the podcasts to listen to in the car.

Health Report (should be compulsory listening for all in the medical profession)
Law Report
Rear Vision
Download this Show
The Science Show

Lost already has been Hindsight, Now Hear This and Media Report.

RN production values are high and the above programmes cost a good bit of money to make for radio programmes, and it shows. They are high quality broadcasts and The Health Report is also broadcast on CBC in Canada.

I have experienced a life time of change, and I don't mind it at all, when it is for the better. I see little better in any of the above.

20 comments:

  1. I had a friend who worked for Radio National. And whose job died in one of the thousand cuts...
    I am happy with change when it represents progress, but not, as is so often the case, when it is a retrograde step.

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    1. EC, I hope your friend still had a job, or received an appropriate settlement. I suppose in many areas good progress goes unremarked upon. We are more likely to have a say when progress is not good.

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  2. Anonymous9:52 am

    The MD, who knows nothing about broadcasting, is unhealthily obsessed with digital platforms and far too much trivia. On the ABC News website this morning, we get a report on five people analysing the reactions to 150,000 facebook posts, as if anyone cares. An evolutionary biologist tells us the Beatles music is relentlessly average (whether or not anyone actually enjoys the music seems to be irrelevant). Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama. Whoopee! An opinion piece on tracing changing attitudes to women's sexual pleasure. Wow! And a promo for Foreign Correspondent on life as a gay man in China.
    George Brandis being posted to London and the CIA helping to thwart a terrorist attack on a London cathedral, real news, is mentioned in passing. Certainly not at the top of the page. Its Not My ABC anymore. - Ian

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    1. The dumbing down, hey Ian. I suppose the thinking is that it will bring more viewers/listeners/readers. But is it what it is supposed to be? Now if Harry interviewed Trumpet, that would be worth while. The Foreign Correspondent episode should be interesting.

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  3. Looks likes the entire world is being cut cut and snip all to pieces
    Coffee is om

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    1. Dora, no doubt you have experienced this in your country too, more so of late.

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  4. Things are on the move for the worst with the ABC. I happen to glance at Nigella and was wondering why 7.30 wasn't showing!
    Since youngest son has moved back home to 'live' our TV habits have changed considerably.

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    1. Margaret, yes, I am sure your tv habits have changed, and perhaps not to your choosing. I am sure you could exert parental authority if you really wanted to watch something.

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  5. I listen to Radio at Night, never in the day time. Being an insomniac, I tend to wake after just a couple of hours sleep, then plug myself into the Radio so not to disturb my wife. I listen to old comedy, phone-ins, and news. By chanel hopping, I can spend my nights with reasonable listening.

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    1. Cro, at your age you both still sleep together? I would find that very inconvenient. Is this digital radio you are talking about? There is some great stuff out there. I like falling to sleep listening to Hindi pop music.

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  6. I'm not an ABC radio listener, but watch a couple of their TV programs.

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    1. Sami, you are paying for it with your taxes. Take more advantage of it. There is stuff for everyone.

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  7. My radio program of choice is NPR, privately and publicly funded.

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    1. Sandra, we have a tv station similarly funded. While its programmes are fine, the introduction of advertising has been very annoying. Perhaps your radio station model is different. I hope so.

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  8. I gave up watching ABC News and their current affair programmes ages ago...they made me far too angry...too biased for my liking.

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    1. I can guess which way the bias is for you, Comrade.

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  9. Hi Andrew, the new national popular culture program on Local Radio in the early afternoons will be presented by Myf Warhurst out of Melbourne, not out of Sydney, as you've mentioned. Local airtime in drive will extend to 6.30pm, not 6.00pm as is currently the case.

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    1. Thanks James. I was aware of the latter but not about Myf broadcasting from Melbourne. It is still a national programme, as far as I can remember the first in normal programming since Peter Evans broadcast breakfast radio to the three eastern states.

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    2. The other national program "in normal hours" is Richard Fidler which is heard in all states except Victoria. Years ago, there were other national daytime programs from Peter Couchman, Peter Jeppesen and Terry Lane (all out of Melbourne), but I'm just now showing my old age!!

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    3. Terry Lane was marvellous. Peter Couchman was the morning person here for some time. I am a bit mystified about him broadcasting nationally. I can only remember the name Peter Jeppeson and no more. Of course when been broadcast from Melbourne by people with associate with Melbourne, they don't feel so national.

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