Tuesday, September 15, 2020

My ABC

Some how this was left in drafts some time ago.

I am furious. Furious with our Federal Government for cutting funding to the ABC, our major tv, radio and digital media organisation. I am not happy with our ABC Radio either.

It was during a Australian wide radio news broadcast at 6pm on Sunday night. While there were 40 plus COVID infections in my state, it wasn't mentioned in the news, but the 6 infections in New South Wales were. A fatal car crash in Queensland was reported. An incident in West Australia was mentioned, but nothing about the the state of the State of Victoria, with a similar population to NSW. Over many years I have noticed the NSW/Sydney bias of ABC radio with national news.

But the lack of funds for Our ABC by the Federal Government is a disgrace. Through our awful summer fires, to floods and then COVID, Our ABC has been on front foot. It is our emergency broadcaster and it really came into its own during the summer fires.

The 15 minute ABC radio news at 7.45 is an institution. It will be cut to a five minute bulletin at 8am. This was tried over the Easter holiday period and I was alert and alarmed, with good justification it seems.

But country folk are up in arms at the dropping of the 7.45 news and they will apply political pressure. At best I would expect the 7.45 news to be kept with some direct government funding, but the general cuts to Our ABC will remain. Our conservative Liberal Party governments has cut funding to the ABC every time they have been in office at the expense of news, current affairs, comedy, music, culture, the arts and all those areas that Australians treasure. The Australian Labor Party has promised to restore funding but will it?

Shame on Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Shame on Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. Shame on Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher.

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  1. Sadly yes. Rather a lot of shame, which they will wear as a badge of pride.

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    1. EC, they will, until it is needed in a crisis.

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  2. I have also noticed the ABC have not been including stories from Victoria. This is something that seems to have become worse over the last few years. ABC are not as Sydney focused as the commercial media are.
    As for the funding of ABC, the Grubbermint do not even admit that ABC funding has been cut.

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    1. Pippa, I don't listen often enough to the national news broadcast to tell if it is better or worse but it seems every time I tune in, I can see the lack of usually interstate coverage but especially Victorian. I don't really listen to commercial radio news, so I'll take your word for that. An independent fact check was subsequently conducted and it found that while then funding had been cut, it wasn't by as much as thought.

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  3. Looking Forward To Some Photos From Around The Hood - Get Out And Go - Be Well - Free Your Mind - Its Gotta Get Better - It Has To

    Cheers

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  4. The ABC is a waste of taxpayers' money.

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    1. I know that you are not a fan of the ABC, but there are thousands upon thousands of people who would have been lost without it earlier this year while the fires raged. I suspect that they would emphatically disagree with you.

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    2. Lee, with its 45 regional radio stations and its resources in a world where commercial media has suffered great losses of income, who else could broadcast during times of crisis? It is also so important to have at least one media organisation not tainted by commercial interests.

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    3. And, it's not good to have a media organisation so tainted by the Left.

      Of course, there are thousands and thousands who would disagree with me...it is their right...as it is mine to disagree with them!

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  5. Certainly has changed down here as well has the ABC News so now watch other news on the commercial channels if I think of it, mostly read new on the phone these days.

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    1. Margaret, we watch one commercial tv news and usually the ABC news, but not always.

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  6. Does Australia have only one choice for news. Just with no cable or fancy stuff. Over our T.V we get 5 news source.

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    1. Dora, yes we have lots of media outlets. Some are appalling and some quite good. Fox is not one of the good ones.

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  7. The ABC doesn't only save my life,.. it IS my life. Every day until my retirement, the clock radio went on at 7.45 am for 15 minutes of world news. During that time I got dressed, cleaned the bedroom and bathroom, grabbed a hot cuppa, kissed my beloved and got to work by 9 am.

    Andrew if you are setting up a list of signatures to send to the relevant Minister, count me in!

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    1. Hels, my life would be much poorer without the ABC. I believe there was a change.org petition set up at the time the announcement was made.

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  8. Be happy you don't live in SA, we've been ignored by the Eastern States forever. We're on the "wrong" side of the Blue Mountains. They can't see us so they believe we don't exist.
    Yes, I may be exaggerating just a tad and I don't watch or listen to ABC anyway, so feel free to ignore..oh, wait..

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    1. Ah River, you are one of the BAPH cities and I feel your pain. I believe it is even worse in WA. No wonder they want to secede at times....ah, well they have at the moment almost. Very witty at the end.

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    2. You know my conflict of interest in this, Andrew. But I've always hated the BAPH phrase, because it also totally ignores C and D, Canberra and Darwin. And every regional location. It's a very in-house phrase which fails to recognise the ABC is in 56 locations, more than any other media organisation in the country, in places where it's "commercially unviable".

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    3. A convenient term perhaps James, that includes states but not territories. I see BAPH as representative of states rather than cities with C being within NSW and D once part of SA. Unfortunately commercial unviable is a phrase we will hear a lot about over the next year so far as commercial media goes, and I like diverse media.

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    4. I've never even heard of BAPH, what does that mean?

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  9. It sounds to me that your ABC is the equivalent of the PBS (Public Broadcasting System) here in the US. It's always under siege, too, but manages to hang in there. And I think it's had some positive effect on the world at large. You've heard of Sesame Street, haven't you?

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    1. Kirk, I am aware of PBS and the respect with which it is held, and I believe it is funded by subscriptions and donations? ABC is fully funded by government at arms length. Sesame Street is very popular here and I didn't know it is made by PBS. I would prefer out children watch our own similar ABC's Play School though. I think many watch both.

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  10. Hope the 7.45 news stays Andrew, it will I'm sure if enough people protest, people power does work occasionally. You hit it on the head when you mentioned WA not getting many mentions over there, part of me thinks we should secede, but no it really wouldn't work 😊

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    1. Grace, we would both have a lot to lose if we divided the nation.

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  11. We have the CBC here which is TV & radio plus french for each. Every time the Conservatives get into power here they start cutting the budget for the CBC. Their new leader is saying he will not fund TV if and when they win the next election. We have local news at the appropriate times across the country which covers 5 time zones.

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    1. Pat, I am aware of CBC and it's well respected around the world. I hope Jussy will be around for another term.

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