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Cue a News Corp opinion piece and/or 2GB segment

Apparently there’s too many women at the ABC…

I’m sure ABC has a special department dedicated to getting the corporation’s name mentioned in News Corp papers and 2GB as often as possible :slight_smile:

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That’s why the ABC will launch an appeal soon to accept donations from the public.

Joint media statement on meeting with the Attorney-General and Communications Minister

We had a constructive discussion with Attorney-General Christian Porter and Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher today but we remain frustrated that a month after search warrants were carried out by the Australian Federal Police the fate of our journalists remains unclear.

While our strong preference was for immediate action rather than inquiries, we will engage with any processes that seek to address the issues we have raised. We will continue to push for real outcomes that strengthen the Australian public’s fundamental right to know.

We have committed to making further direct submissions both on the fate of our journalists and on the specific areas where freedom of the press has been eroded and we have agreed to meet with the Attorney-General and Minister for Communications again in three months’ time.

We stressed in today’s meeting the importance of the Federal Government taking a leadership position on the public’s right to be informed and to set the tone for a less secret and more open democracy.

This statement is attributable to David Anderson, ABC Managing Director, on behalf the joint media organisations that met with Mr Porter and Mr Fletcher today. The organisations were: the ABC, Nine, News Corp, Free TV, SBS and Seven West Media.

Ten couldn’t be bothered showing up themselves, letting Free TV speak on their behalf?


ABC celebrates NAIDOC Week 2019 – Voice, Treaty, Truth, with a homepage takeover

In an ABC first, the ABC homepage ( will feature all Indigenous design, stories and programming in an ABC Homepage Blakout*. Running for an entire week from midday Sunday 7 July to midday Sunday 14 July the Blakout celebrates Indigenous culture and NAIDOC week 2019, by showcasing stories from and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

ABC News’ Indigenous Affairs reporter and Walkley Award winner Isabella Higgins will feature as Guest Editor. On the Blakout Isabella said:

“First Nations’ people have always been storytellers, it’s how we have passed down our knowledge for millennia, it’s the stories of my own family’s strength and survival that inspire me to do what I do.

It’s their stories of heartbreak and hardship, of trials and triumphs, that didn’t just shape me, but offer an insight into the true depth of history and culture in this nation.

I’m privileged to now tell the stories of so many Indigenous Australians for the ABC, who offer Australia an insight into our shared history.”

Kelrick Martin, ABC Head of Indigenous said:

“There is nothing more unique to Australia than its Indigenous people and culture. NAIDOC is our national annual event to unite, reflect and take pride in the value of that uniqueness. But NAIDOC shouldn’t just be left to our Indigenous community to celebrate alone. The spirit of NAIDOC should also be a recognition that Indigenous culture is a part of every Australian, to be worn with honour and respect.

In 2019 and beyond, I am proud to be part of the commitment by the national broadcaster to ensure all Australians have an opportunity to embrace Indigenous culture into their own identity – to incorporate Indigenous language into their everyday vocabulary, recognise and take collective ownership of both the good and bad historical accounts of this country.”

The ABC Homepage Blakout features the original artwork by artist and designer Jessica Johnson, who is a descendant of the Warumungu/Wombaya people north of Tennant Creek.

Content on the page will be completely devoted to the ABC’s collection of Indigenous stories and sounds, including curated articles from Stan Grant, Irene Watson and Sarah Maddison, and links to television and radio programming such as Blue Water Empire , the three-part landmark series that gives a unique insight into the history and culture of the Torres Strait Islands and an ABC iview collection of new short-form dramas, docos and comedy. Kids can learn about words in Language on the ABC KIDS Listen podcast – Little Yarns , watch Play School’s special Acknowledgement of Country episode and meet our new Play School toy Kiya!

Audiences can still find all the latest news on the ABC NEWS homepage at

There’s fat chance of that happening considering this is the same government which:

  • a) Gave Foxtel $30 million to broadcast women’s/niche sports even though there’s two taxpayer funded FTA networks; and
  • b) Seemingly wants to cut the ABC’s funding whenever possible

Judith Whelan appointed Director Regional and Local

The ABC’s Managing Director, David Anderson, is pleased to announce the appointment of Judith Whelan as Director of ABC Regional & Local.

Ms Whelan has been Acting Director of ABC Regional & Local since November 2018.

Mr Anderson said Ms Whelan’s considerable experience in senior media roles at the Sydney Morning Herald and more recently managing television, radio and digital content at the ABC, made her the perfect choice as the ABC’s new Director of its Regional and Local team. “Judith has already made a significant contribution to the ABC’s leadership team and I look forward to working with her closely on our regional and local content which is so highly valued by Australians.”

Ms Whelan said it was an honour to be appointed to such an important role within the national broadcaster. “The work done by the Regional & Local team is at the very heart of the ABC. Our capital city radio teams, our regional bureaux, our sports unit and our local television department, produce hundreds of hours of outstanding local content every week, telling Australian stories and sharing conversations with local communities in every corner of the country,” she said. “It’s where the ABC started 87 years ago, and it is still such big part of what makes us unique. The big difference today is that we reach our audiences across multiple platforms and in multiple ways.”

ABC’s Regional & Local team includes its eight capital city radio stations, 48 rural and regional teams, regional & local screen content including Gardening Australia, Backroads and Landline, Grandstand sport, live events such as New Year’s Eve, Australia Day and Anzac Day and emergency broadcasting.

Ms Whelan came to the ABC three years ago as Head of Spoken Content, in which she oversaw RN, Grandstand and the capital city radio stations. She went on to take the new role of Head of Specialist Content, in charge of the national broadcaster’s coverage across all platforms – television, radio and digital – in Arts, Science, Health & Technology, Religion and Ethics, Education, Society and Culture. She also oversaw Audio Studios, the ABC’s centre for digital-first, innovative podcasting.

Judith was formerly editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, as well as its news director and the editor of its weekend edition, a role she took on after more than seven years as the editor of Good Weekend. Her career in journalism spans more than 30 years and includes experience as a Walkley-nominated news and feature writer, senior editor and a foreign correspondent in both the Pacific and Europe.

ABC’s Southbank Melbourne HQ will open its doors to the public on Saturday, July 27, as part of Open House Melbourne weekend. It will open from 10am to 3.45pm. More details here
In addition there will be guided tours of the Melbourne news room during the day which can be booked here

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Interesting. I’m sure a few of us here would be interested.

thanks for the heads up

Really wish ABC Sydney would do that…:frowning:

I heard the promo during the AFL on ABC Radio Melbourne so I looked up the details. I am interested to go to the news room tour, then the rest of ABC Southbank building, then go to Government House nearby, on the Saturday.

They have in the years gone by. Yes, would be great if they did it again.

Given security has been stepped up at Ultimo recently I’m not surprised they aren’t currently

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The first release of tickets to the ABC Melbourne news room guided tour is now sold out. The second batch of tickets will be available this Friday (July 19) at 8.30am.

Funding Grant for ABC Regional Schools Media Literacy Program

The ABC is honoured to be named as one of the first recipients of the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas grants, which were announced earlier today.

The ABC has received funding from the Institute to support the expansion of its regional schools media literacy project.

ABC Managing Director David Anderson said the grant will bolster the ABC’s media literacy initiative by allowing it to reach remote communities.

“We already run a highly successful media literacy program for regional and rural schools. This grant will give us the opportunity to reach some of the most disadvantaged schools in some of the most remote parts of the country.”

“Our aim, with the help of the Judith Neilson Institute, is to empower these communities by providing education in media literacy by specialist experts.”

Piloted across northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory, ABC journalists and education specialists will train local educators, key youth leaders and youth workers in the delivery of media literacy workshops. These community members will then be able to continue to deliver workshops across their region once their training is completed.

The first workshop will commence in Alice Springs on 23 July. Over the following six months the program will deliver 10 additional workshops across Western Australia and the Northern Territory including in Broome, Nhulunbuy, the Tiwi Islands, Kununurra, Katherine and Christmas Island.

ABC and University of Sydney announce Australia’s Top 5 humanities scholars

The ABC and University of Sydney are proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 Top 5 Humanities and Social Sciences Media Residencies, which will enable some of Australia’s brightest minds to share their expertise with audiences hungry for credible and informed debate.

The five early-career researchers from Australian universities work on crucial issues such as environmental change, conflict in the Middle East and social isolation among the elderly. They were chosen from more than 150 applicants to undertake a two-week residency at ABC RN, learning from the nation’s leading journalists and broadcasters to communicate their ideas and develop outstanding content across radio, television and online.

Dr Jane Connors, ABC Editorial Adviser and Top 5 co-adjudicator, said: “The ABC has an unrivalled commitment to providing audiences with the accurate, unbiased information they need to make sense of the world around them. We are proud to partner with the University of Sydney on the Top 5 program to help some of the nation’s brightest minds and newest voices share their insights about the big issues of our time. This year’s recipients cover diverse topics but are united in searching for answers to important questions about identity, spirituality, narrative and meaning.”

Professor Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sydney, said: “Australia’s cultural, social and economic wellbeing depends on the contributions of our humanities and social sciences scholars. The University of Sydney is proud to have partnered with the ABC again on the Top 5 Media Residency Program to help researchers who are tackling some of the most difficult challenges our communities face to connect with new audiences in innovative ways.”

The Top 5 humanities recipients are:

  • Dr Ruth Morgan: environmental historian at Monash University researching how societies make sense of environmental change, including climate science and water management.
  • Dr Raihan Ismail: lecturer in the Australian National University’s Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, researching Middle Eastern politics and misconceptions about Islam.
  • Dr Gareth Wearne: lecturer in biblical studies in the Australian Catholic University’s Faculty of Theology and Philosophy studying the Dead Sea Scrolls and their resonance within contemporary religious debates.
  • Dr Darren C Fisher: lecturer in animation at the Swinburne University of Technology researching the autobiographical use of comics to understand what it means to be human.
  • Dr Barbara Barbosa Neves: senior lecturer in sociology in Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, researching loneliness among the elderly and the potential of technology to address this issue.

The Top 5 program was launched for science scholars in 2015 and expanded to the humanities in 2018. Last year’s inaugural Top 5 humanities recipients have produced or featured in ABC programs such as The Philosopher’s Zone, Future Tense, The Minefield, Late Night Live and Life Matters.

The guided tour to ABC Melbourne news room on July 27 is officially a sell out. However you can still visit the rest of the Southbank studios on the day from 10am to 4pm.