Below is part of an email Get Up! sent out to its subscribers recently. It’s here because of the very first item in the list! I’ve included the rest for context.
“It was the most exclusive of events: a glittering $500 minimum per head gala fundraising dinner last week for a right-wing think tank. Tony Abbott, Gina Rinehart and Rupert Murdoch took turns sharing the stage. Andrew Bolt was MC. Tony praised his fellow key-note speakers, especially Rupert, and promised the crowd a “big yes” to many of the think tank’s list of 75 policies to radically transform Australia.
“So what, exactly, is on this think tank’s wish list?
Public broadcasting – gone. The ABC to be broken up and sold off, SBS to be fully privatised.
- Corporations to be allowed to make secret payments to political parties.
- Medicare gone for most Australians.
- A return to WorkChoices, just by another name.
- The clean energy fund and the renewable energy target – scrapped.
- Funding for sport and arts – including the Australian Institute of Sport – axed. Same for science, with the CSIRO to be privatised. “
For Friends of the ABC, item 1 is of deep concern.
The BBC ‘went behind’ the ABC’s back in a deal which sees BBC programs premiered on pay TV channel Foxtel.
The ABC dismantled its TV production capacity in the smaller state centres and severely curtailed it even in Sydney and Melbourne, with huge loss of talent and experience and that ‘special commitment’ to their product that ABC staffers and former staffers will recognise… while this skill base was dismantled there were those of us who worried about how the ABC would fill its growing number of channels and platforms with content – not any old content, but the quality content for which the ABC has been renowned and appreciated through most of its history. The ABC can no longer fall back on its in-house capacity for TV production. Now it can no longer fall back on its BBC program purchases. That leaves the Australian independent TV production sector, located mostly in the eastern states, and other international non-public sector broadcasters to fill its schedules.
Follow up the BBC story via these websites:-
ABC News On-line
ABC 702 Sydney
Crikey on BBC deal with Foxtel ‘dud deal for Aussie viewers’ 18Apr13
The Australian newspaper has an article, but you need to subscribe. Perhaps published in tomorrow’s Media section?
See also transcript of very apposite Radio National Media Report program of 26th. June 2008 featuring an interview with Head of BBC Worldwide Channels regarding a “new deal with Foxtel”.
21 April 2013
Posted in ABC Official, FABC News, Opinion
Tagged ABC commitment to regional diversity, ABC Funding, ABC News, ABC Radio, ABC Radio National, ABC RN, ABC TV Production, FABC-WA, FABCWA, Friends of the ABC, Friends of the ABC WA