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.
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.
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Spring 2014 Edition
. Action ahead
. ABC vital to democracy
. Will it be your ABC?
. ABC axeman appointed to Board
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