Monday, August 06, 2018

Cuts to Our ABC

I am not listening so much to radio now. I listen to Jon Faine on ABC Melbourne if I am home in the morning, but honestly, ABC local radio which I have listened to for 3 plus decades is not interesting me or entertaining me much as I become older. Of course I still listen when I can to ABC radio news, AM, the cut in half World Today and the cut in half PM. There is always much to see on ABC TV's various channels. I don't understand the need to pay for Foxtel, Stan or whatever.

As usual with any government, this government has reduced ABC funding, and Marcellous went to a protest meeting against the funding cuts.

I don't like cuts to our ABC. It is taxpayer funded media organisation at arm's length from the government, aside from the government appointing the board to run it. In theory, it is above pure rating numbers and exists and serves the Australian population without bias or commercial influence. It offends governments in power with is critical and unbiased reporting, so of course governments want to cut its budget.

But much to media mogul Rupert Murdoch's distaste, our ABC is doing terrifically well in multi media. I gorge on ABC podcasts, that educate, amuse and entertain me as I drive to and from work twice a day.

I came across this on Twitter, this unadjusted for inflation rather damning graphic. Thanks to James for retweeting it.


Every cut to the ABC means more commercially produced rubbish and a right wing politically influenced media, such as the fake news, Sky News. Sky News has huge funding by Murdoch and will do what it does. Don't watch it. I just saw today a huge plagiarism by the disreptual English Daily Telegraph. I am really liking The (Manchester) Guardian ( Australian edition online) and I am thinking I might throw it another few quid.

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  1. We only see sky news if there is something happening in England/Europe, where our regular news outlets are limited. As I have said, I try to read, discern what I can and go on. It's to the point where I believe very little of what is shown on TV News as facts. I love movies, sports, especially tennis, which is on as I write.

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    1. Maribeth, Sky News has rather disgraced itself here the last few hours, with some rabid right wing criminal being given air time. We don't receive Sky, as we only have free to air tv. I do think it does an ok job on disasters around the world.

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  2. Personally I prefer listening to the radio and using net but I hate watching TV.

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    1. Gosia, I was always such a radio person, but not so much now.

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  3. Sigh.
    I loathe and detest the way that the Government makes cuts to anyone who doesn't agree with them.

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    1. EC, and conversely hand out money willy nilly to private companies and the like, such a the Great Barrier Reef organisation.

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    2. Hey! Wait a minute! does the Great Barrier Reef organisation work towards saving the reef from dying? Then it needs that funding!

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    3. The Great Barrier Reef does need funding. However the company best suited to help needs to be selected, not an under the table deal. The company which got the funding (without going to tender) has been found to have lied about their credentials.

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    4. Oh, that's bad.

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  4. Anonymous8:33 am

    I wonder when Murdoch dies, if his sons will dump his failing newspapers which really don't have a future in the digital age and are merely propped up as his ego trip. If I recall correctly, James Packer got rid of Consolidated Press and the Nine Network as he wasn't interested in them, only casinos. - Ian

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    1. Ian, it would not surprise me if they did. I think the end of the printed newspaper is arriving faster than I thought it would. J Packer did get rid of CP and Nine. He is probably right. He can't go wrong with gambling, although he has overseas.

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  5. I only listen to the radio on the way to work and back, 20 minutes each way, but listen to a commercial radio with music. But it's sad about the ABC, it shouldn't happen.

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    1. Sami, indeed it would be very bad if our ABC was cut to the point where it became irrelevant.

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  6. Spouse and I have lives that literally depend on the ABC radio (3 stations) and ABC TV. Let me know if the ABC is to be weakened, destroyed or privatised... I will need to find a home overseas.

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    1. Hels, sadly, from what I saw and heard from the BBC when in England, it not a patch on the diverse programming from our ABC. All its world news service seems to do is bang on about former African colonies. I'm afraid I don't care to much about them.

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  7. disreptual? Do you mean disreputable?
    I don't appreciate the ABC, probably I'm not educated enough to want to sit and listen to so much of what I call drivel, because of course I can't understand it. I prefer my entertainment to be more entertaining and total fiction does that nicely for me. Movies and TV series, I mean. I have watched some ABC shows in the past, Grand Designs, a bit of Landline now and again.

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    1. River, I suppose that is what I meant. I wonder if I should correct it, but then that would make your comment seem odd, so I will leave it as is. I get the entertainment aspect. I like Grand Designs and Landline is a treasure.

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  8. Rupert Murdoch is a disgrace, can we disown him as an Australian, he is definitely more American in every possible way now!

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    1. Grace, we certainly found out where his loyalties lay when he took American citizenships.

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  9. The ABC is too Left-leaning my for liking. I don't watch any of its news or current affair programmes, or its so-called, self-serving "comedians".

    As I've previously mentioned...I watch drama series, only those that I find interesting and entertaining. Lately,there has been very few of those worth spending time on. I started watch the new season of "Jack Irish", but it got boring, so I've given up on it, too.

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    1. Lee, I understand you about the comedians, but I think over all the news and current affairs is quite balanced, at times to right when they give airtime to climate change deniers, or those who say the Great Barrier Reef is fine and healthy. Yeah, I have kind of drifted off Jack Irish too.

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