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
The Senate Inquiry into the ABC’s commitment to reflecting and representing regional diversity met in Hobart on Friday, 1st. February 2013. You can read the transcript via a link on this site.
Submissions to the Inquiry and other information is also available via the same link.
The Inquiry will sit in Perth on Thursday 7th. March 2013, details incl. venue TBA.
Another date to note: the ABC comes before Senate Estimates on Monday 11th. February 2013.
You can watch Estimates proceedings LIVE here when the sitting commences (remember that times provided will be 3 hours ahead of WA times).
A transcript of Estimates should be available within a few days of the hearing.
The Senate has set up an Inquiry into ‘The ABC’s commitment to reflecting and representing regional diversity’.
This is in response to the de-commissioning by the ABC of television programs made in-house in Tasmania.
FABC-WA has already made a submission to the Senate Inquiry. To read it, follow this link.
Most television production at the ABC in Perth ceased in 2011. The national radio networks, Radio National & ClassicFM, have for some time been reducing staff numbers in Perth and the other smaller state centres by leaving positions unfilled, or filing them in Sydney or Melbourne.
If you would like to send the Senate your own submission, click on the link ‘Getting involved in Parliamentary Committees’ on the left hand side of the page you reach via the above link. FABC-WA encourages you to do so.
Posted in FABC News
Tagged ABC, ABC commitment to regional diversity, ABC Perth, ABC Radio, ABC Radio National, ABC RN, ABC TV Production, FABC-WA, FABCWA, Friends of the ABC, Friends of the ABC WA, Senate Inquiry