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ABC chased its fountain of youth…

2023-07-28T17:50:51+09:302023-07-25|About the ABC, Public Media|

Sydney Morning Herald  Calum Jaspan | July 24, 2023 The ABC’s quest to woo younger audiences is being hamstrung by its stagnant budget and a structural shift towards streaming that threatens to undermine the public broadcaster’s ability to compete with the likes of Netflix. The ABC launched its new five-year plan last month, as it looks to address the key issue facing almost all traditional media companies: reaching a [...]

Dark Day for US Public Media


US public media faces funding axe National Public Radio |Washington DC |  5th July 2023 | Ahmed_Janabi  The House’s decision to scrap the funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by 2026 will have a drastic impact on the services and financial viability of public service media in the US. Public media funding in the US has been thrown into doubt after the House Appropriations Education Subcommittee decided to stop [...]

Labor to consider ways to protect ABC and SBS from future funding threats

2023-07-30T13:03:42+09:302023-07-24|About the ABC, Public Media|

The Guardian | Amanda Meade | July 20, 2023 Labor to consider ways to protect ABC and SBS from future funding threats Michelle Rowland says review into security of national broadcasters will consider options to support A review into the security of ABC and SBS funding will examine ways to protect the public broadcasters from future threats of privatisation and arbitrary funding cuts, the communications minister Michelle Rowland [...]

ABC Partners with Universities


ABC Press Release  July 20, 2023  In the face of declining local media coverage in regional and rural Australia, the ABC will partner with researchers at Deakin and Griffith universities to look at innovative ways in which the public broadcaster can support local news sustainability. The three-year Australian Research Council project will determine how the ABC can best develop partnerships and collaborations with regional news outlets to support public [...]

ABC Radio

2023-07-30T13:04:43+09:302023-07-18|About the ABC|

The Future of Radio National (RN) Source: ABC Alumni AM radio is on its way to obsolescence.  Already, most new cars cannot receive AM, and transistor radios are viewed as relics by many Australians.  All the radio networks, with the possible exception of News Radio, have declining audiences, but RN perhaps most of all.  But to many of us, RN’s specialist, well-researched, quality content is a vital part of [...]

BBC faces review of ‘unsustainable’ licence fee model


Ministers seek alternatives as half a million stop paying The Times | July 17, 2023 | Steven Swinford, Political Editor The fall in the number of people choosing to pay the licence fee has been blamed on competition and the cost of living The BBC is facing a formal review into the future of its funding amid concerns in government that the licence fee is “unsustainable”. Ministers are expected [...]

ABC content chief puts shows on notice

2023-07-30T13:06:36+09:302023-07-13|About the ABC|

Crikey Worm July 12,2023 “Earlier on Monday, the ABC announced two high-profile appointments to its content ranks, both from commercial streaming competitors, as the broadcaster attempts to compete for streaming audiences via ABC iview. Former Stan commissioning boss Rachel Okine was tapped as the ABC’s head of scripted, with former Netflix executive Susie Jones taking the reins as the broadcaster’s head of factual. “Some staff read the note, friendly as it may have been, as [...]

Stan Grant


ABC’s self-inflicted woes not just a matter of opinion Stuart Littlemore, David Salter 22 May,  Sydney Morning Herald Digital Edition What a shemozzle. Stan Grant, who writes a weekly opinion column for the ABC website, steps down from his Q&A hosting role on ABC TV because he believes ABC management isn’t defending him from the online abuse directed at him after comments he made on another [...]

Younger Generations


Younger generations are not voting for the Liberal party or following the ABC in the same numbers. This won’t change without a radical shift The Guardian | July7, 2023 | Trent Zimmerman As a former politician and someone who has spent plenty of time in front of an ABC microphone, it strikes me that the Liberal party and the public broadcaster have more in [...]

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