Truthful, not neutral:

Crikey | Alexandra Wake | March 26, 2024 Why the ABC’s ‘impartiality’ warning isn’t the full story. The ABC’s chair Kim Williams has come out firing in his first week in the role, telling journalists they must acknowledge the broadcaster’s statutory requirement to be impartial or walk out the door. Often, it’s not that simple. It’s always been one of the most difficult things to teach young people, but if they want [...]

2024-03-31|About the ABC, Independence, Public Media|

Kim Williams and ABC Turmoil

Can Kim Williams resolve the ABC turmoil? The Saturday Paper | February 3, 2024 | Quentin Dempster As a child, Kim Williams was obsessed with Lego. At the age of 11, he became the national champion. His mind has always been analytical. He has always wanted to be excellent. In business, he has a reputation as a fierce interrogator of data. His management style is fixed on the practical [...]

Kim Williams to replace Ita Buttrose as ABC Chair

The Guardian | January 24 |2024 |Tory Shepherd and Josh Butler Kim Williams, a former chief executive of News Corp Australia, will replace Ita Buttrose as chair of the ABC. Prime minister Anthony Albanese’s announcement follows union members’ vote of no confidence in managing director David Anderson The prime minister, announced Williams’ nomination on Wednesday morning. Buttrose said last year she and she will finish in the role in March. Albanese [...]

2024-01-24|About the ABC, Public Media|

Kim Williams – Announced as Chairman of the ABC

The Guardian | January 24,2024 | Alan Sunderland Kim Williams is more than just a former Murdoch boss, but his new role does not make it his ABC. The public broadcaster is under siege. Williams must focus on bringing staff and management together again The ABC has a new chairman in Kim Williams and once again across the media landscape the hares are running. You can take your pick: he’s a former Murdoch [...]

2024-01-24|About the ABC, Public Media|

Inside the overhaul at the ABC

The Saturday Paper   December 23, 2023 | Scott Mitchell Six months into a landmark restructure, with more staff leaving and show cancellations mounting, there are increasing doubts over whether the ABC’sstrategy to secure its future with a younger audience can succeed. The national broadcaster’s internal ructions found strong public resonance this month with the axing of The Drum. For some viewers lamenting the demise of the current affairs panel [...]

2023-12-23|About the ABC, Digital Media|

ABC News and The Drum

ABC statement December 12,2023 The ABC has today announced proposed changes that will focus ABC NEWS Channel on its core roles of continuous news, breaking news and news video production, geared to service strong demand from digital audiences, and also expand the role of the Asia Pacific Newsroom as the home of specialist coverage on our region.    As part of these changes, ABC TV program The Drum will not be [...]


Speech by David Anderson MD of The ABC

Following are the concluding remarks of a speech given by the Managing Director of the ABC, David Anderson, on 17 November 2023 at The Annual Dinner of ABC Friends, Victoria.       Link to the full speech "So we look to the future with confidence. An ABC that is the most trusted media source in the country, an institution that promotes good citizenship, fortifies our democracy and contributes to [...]


Australians demand Independent ABC Board

70% Australians Demand Independent Selection for ABC Board Australia Institute The survey was taken between 29 August and 1 September 2023, with nationally representative samples by gender, age group and state/territory. A further 406 South Australians and 127 Queenslanders were sampled to produce more precise results, but weighting was used to ensure that people from these states were not over-represented in national results. Key findings: Seven in 10 [...]

2023-11-13|About the ABC, Independence, Public Media|

Are Streaming services willing the battle ?

The streaming services winning the battle for attention, and the feature Australians want. SBS web site  Source: AAP / Jenny Kane/AP It's not subscription platforms like Netflix that Australians are spending the most time watching, according to a new report, which also revealed they want a feature that would make finding content easier. Australians are steadily reducing streaming services subscriptions amid cost of living pressures, a new report has [...]

2023-11-12|Digital Media, Solial Media|

Digital News Report

University of Canberra Digital News Report 2023 Description This report is part of a long-running international survey coordinated by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, an international research centre in the comparative study of journalism based at Oxford University. The report delivers comparative data on media usage in 46 countries and across 6 continents. There is good news for the industry this year. The number of people paying [...]

2023-10-24|Digital Media, Public Media, Solial Media|

Freedom of press barons

PEARLS AND IRRITATIONS -John Menadue's Public Policy Journal Geoff Davis September 23, 2023 The ‘disinformation’ (read: lies and bullshit) being propagated about the indigenous Voice to Parliament by the Murdoch media, among others, harms our society. It promotes division, celebrates and cultivates ignorance and bigotry, oppresses a minority and diminishes us all. Why do we tolerate such behaviour?   Such News Corp behaviour has become normal. Any person or any [...]

2023-09-24|Public Media|

ABC Emergency Services

ABC Press Release  September 18,2023 The ABC is helping prepare communities for an increase in fire and weather activity during the spring and summer months with an emergency information campaign across radio, online and social media. The campaign coincides with Red Cross Emergency Ready Week which runs from 18 – 24 September. With above average temperatures forecast in the coming months, the ABC campaign provides important information on how [...]

2023-09-20|About the ABC|

ABC chased its fountain of youth…

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 [...]

2023-07-25|About the ABC, Public Media|

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

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 [...]

2023-07-24|About the ABC, Public Media|

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

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 [...]

2023-07-18|About the ABC|

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

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 [...]

2023-07-13|About the ABC|

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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