Victorian ABC Friends President’s Report to members on the National Conference
30 June 2015
The recent National Conference of ABC Friends organisations around Australia held in Adelaide gives me the first opportunity to introduce myself as your new President following the resignation of Gael Barrett due to health reasons.
I will let you know about my background on a future occasion as it is unfortunately the case that the ABC has been swept into another maelstrom by the intemperate words of the Prime Minister Tony Abbott vociferously cheered on by the Murdoch Press with front pages that plumbed the depths of propaganda by attempting to connect the ABC with terrorism and the ISIS war machine.
If the somewhat ironic praise the PM delivered about the ABC in airing the TV series “The Killing Seasons” lulled any of us into a false sense of security, we were rudely awakened by the unprecedented attack on our national broadcaster which followed the recent Q & A program.
By Graeme Connelly. Read more.....
The ABC is at serious risk of not being able to meet its national Charter obligations due to savage budget cuts, a national meeting of Friends of the ABC groups has warned. 24 June 2015
“The Friends of the ABC meeting being held in Adelaide, with representatives from every state group, unanimously agreed the ABC is being seriously undermined because powerful forces are at work to destroy Australian public broadcasting,” Ms Jessica Knight, SA Friends of the ABC President said.
Mark Scott defends the ABC
26 June 2015
"The ABC is on the side of Australia" says managing director Mark Scott in response to the government's criticism over Q&A featuring former terrorism suspect Zaky Mallah.
Vision courtesy ABC News. Watch the video..
"Closing Ceremony" for the ABC Morwell office!
5 June 2015
A coalition of community members organised an unofficial closing ceremony for the ABC Morwell office. ABC Friends, the Media Alliance and other community groups and locals turned out for the unofficial closing ceremony. Passing a message of support on from the ABC Friends President Graeme Connelly, Ranald Macdonald (a member of the Committee) said it was a sad day for Morwell and the Latrobe Valley to lose this office and its contact with the local community.
"The real concern of the Friends was that this closure, amongst others in rural Australia, is the result of ABC funding cuts, thus reducing the community presence of the ABC. The charter requires the ABC to reflect and report on all of Australia - and the increasing centralisation in Sydney because of the lesser budget and its impact on the ABC's national presence was to be deplored. The ABC must be given the funding to satisfy its charter requirements for the whole of Australia and to enable it to compete with commercial outlets."
Greste: tax the internet, fund the ABC
Peter Greste is advocating for a tax on internet downloads to fund quality journalism at the ABC.
The Australian journalist, who recently spent 400 days in an Egyptian prison after being accused of
broadcasting false news by the Egyptian government, told a dinner function in Melbourne last night
that the tax would be a modern version of the BBC's licence fee. It is necessary, he says, because
the ABC was too dependent on the vagaries of government funding. Read the full story on Crikey website
28 May 2015
The ABC has commenced the biggest structural shakeup of its regional news coverage in years, merging the management of teams who currently report to people across the country while refusing to rule out the possibility of redundancies.
In briefings yesterday, ABC regional staff were told of a new structure to commence in coming weeks, which the ABC hopes will be finalised by the end of the year. Read the full story on the Crikey website
24 November 2014
ABC managing director Mark Scott today announced how the ABC will implement the Government's $254 million cuts to its Budget. Talented staff will be axed. Important program areas will be cut. The ABC's role of reflecting the interests of Australians in all states and territories will be further diminished.
. ABC news report
. ABC's MD: address to staff
. ABC Friends comment
23 November 2014
Thousands of people have demonstrated their support for the ABC in a week of rallies around Australia organised by the ABC staff unions. The protests, linked together with the theme 'Our Stories. Our Future. Our ABC' will culminate with a rally at Parliament House at 11.30am on Tuesday November 25.
. Quentin Dempster's address
Updated 6 September 2014
ABC Friends and staff are concerned that the ABC Board is considering in secret a radical transformation of the ABC – in a pre-emptive response to further serious Government funding cuts. The plans must be made public. The community is entitled to have its say.
15 September 2014
Quentin Dempster has called the ABC Board to account for what's happening to the ABC now and what lies ahead. (Quentin Dempster is the presenter of ABC Stateline NSW and a former ABC Board staff director.)
. The Drum
5 September 2014
The impact of Government cuts to the ABC to date has begun. Sean Dorney and Jim Middleton, two outstanding veteran ABC journalists, are among many others who have signed off. More staff cuts are to come.
. Sean Dorney | Jim Middleton
27 July 2014
The Coalition Government appears not to agree that Australians are fortunate to have a national public broadcaster which is independent, and not a propaganda tool of government. It is considering ways to further cut the ABC's funding and to interfere in its operations.
14 May 2014
The ABC's budget will be cut by $120m over the next four years.
And further cuts are threatened!
. ABC Friends urges Senate to block Budget
. ABC managing director responds to cuts
. Information about ABC funding and Australia Network
14 May 2014
The ABC has a responsibility as our national broadcaster to cater for all Australians.
Yet, as the result of cuts to its budget, the ABC is likely to axe Ramp Up – the ABC’s exciting website for everyone in Australia’s disability communities. Special funding that was provided for the ABC to establish Ramp Up in 2010 will expire at the end of June and has not been renewed.
Online petitions/letters are helpful. But far more effective are personal letters, phone calls and/or requests to meet your local Coalition Member of Parliament or Senator in your state, and letters to the media.
Actions we need YOU to take now – before the May Budget:
. Let your local Coalition politician or state Senator know that you value the ABC and expect the Government to adhere to Mr Abbott's pre-election promise.
Find your representative: www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members
3 May 2014
About two thousand Melbournians attended a snap rally in Melbourne organised by ABC Friends and GetUp, with speakers that included acclaimed Australian writer Elliot Perlman. Speakers at a similar gathering in Sydney included former Media Watch presenter, Jonathan Holmes and Wendy Harmer.
17 April 2014
The ABC’s Australia Network service, which the Coalition Government is considering axing, has just won permission to make its content available to the entire Chinese population. Rupert Murdoch tried and failed for 20 years to secure broadcast rights in China, despite his publishing arm pulping a book that was critical of the Chinese government.
6 April 2014
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull reiterated his strong support for the ABC and its independence when he met ABC Friends on Friday.
However, despite Prime Minister Abbott's pre-election promise, Mr Turnbull did not rule out funding cuts for the ABC. The ABC is worried too.
18 March 2014
How fair dinkum are the candidates running on a platform to 'save our ABC'? Will this Liberal-National Coalition Government cut the ABC's funds?
How strong is the support of Labor and the Greens? Will any minor party protect the ABC? ABC Friends reports on their promises.
17 March 2014
ABC Friends supporters around Australia attended March in March rallies to distribute material about the ABC and to inform others of their concern for the public broadcaster's future.
12 March 2014
Two independent audits into the ABC’s coverage of the federal election campaign and the asylum seeker issue have concluded it was impartial and its news coverage of asylum seekers was of a high standard.
"Supporting the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in its vital role to inform, educate and promote the culture of our nation"
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