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ABC News 24 is go - my review of opening night

ABC News 24 is go - my review of opening night

Last night saw the launch of the ABC’s new 24 hour television news service in an environment where the politics of reporting politics is at least as bitterly contested as the election itself. Our news media organisations are beginning to resemble the purveyors of Viagra with their claims to do it deeper, longer, harder and […]

Confirmed: the ABC dumps its national sports wrap

Confirmed: the ABC dumps its national sports wrap

No comment one hour is confirmation the next, it seems. This morning I had a story in the Crikey email tipping that the ABC was dropping the sports presenter from it's news bulletins. While the tip was strong, I could not get confirmation from the ABC. Now it's come.

The Fall of Rome: ABC Managing Director Mark Scott's Lecture

The Fall of Rome: ABC Managing Director Mark Scott's Lecture

ABC Managing Director Mark Scott is, at this very moment, getting to his feet to give the AN Smith Lecture in Journalism at the University of Melbourne. Titled The Fall of Rome: Media After Empire, it has been billed as a landmark statement. It fulfills that promise, while not containing any earth shattering revelations or […]

What is Chris Masters Doing at the Tele?

What is Chris Masters Doing at the Tele?

At the beginning of this week news broke that the doyen of Australian investigative journalists, Chris Masters, had a new gig at the Daily Telegraph newspaper. It’s a significant move in Australian journalism, so how did it happen and what will follow? Masters, for those who have spent the last few decades under a rock, […]

What will the Katies do Next? Two New Directors at the ABC

What will the Katies do Next? Two New Directors at the ABC

ABC Managing Director Mark Scott has appointed his two new members of senior management from inside the organisation. Kate Dundas is the new Director of Radio, replacing Sue Howard, whose departure was one of the first news stories I covered on this blog. Dundas’s appointment is no surprise. She has been acting in the post […]

Media Watch Improves

Media Watch Improves

Is it just me, or has the ABC Media Watch program improved this year? I don’t think they’ve had a dud so far. Whereas last year I felt the scripts were sometimes a bit long and flabby – as though there wasn’t really enough content to fill the time – this year one feels they […]

Auntie Gets Cheeky

Auntie Gets Cheeky

The ABC must be feeling confident. Or confident enough to get cheeky in any case. Last night the ABC trotted out its goods in a funding pitch at Parliament House, at which Communications Minister Stephen Conroy made an encouraging speech. Among the showings was a clip from the Hollowmen, that anticipated how the funding bid […]

Freeview to Sue? (UPDATE: No)

Freeview to Sue? (UPDATE: No)

Last week I posted a link to this amusing spoof of the Freeview ad, put together by comedians Dan Ilic and Marc Fennell, and posted to YouTube as a teaser for their show about the death of television, which will be part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Last week, to my amazement, the industry trade […]

Mark Scott's More Testy Tweets for the ABC

Mark Scott's More Testy Tweets for the ABC

Just last night I commented on ABC Managing Director Mark Scott’s new Twitter presence, and indicated that so far he was a relatively bland Twitterer. Well that has changed. This morning he tweeted thus: “Only the ABC can deliver what we are offering in new channels” and linked to this article from today’s Australian, in […]

SBS and the Bowl of Gruel

SBS and the Bowl of Gruel

The nation’s public broadcasters are in a bit of a holding pattern at the moment, waiting to hear whether their triennial funding submissions will find favour in the Budget. There has been plenty of cause for pessimism in the last few months.  Funding public broadcasters isn’t normally seen as a way of keeping blue collar […]