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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.

ABC Heywire 2020 competition launched

The ABC is calling on people aged 16-22 to share their experiences of life in regional Australia for the opportunity to be featured on the ABC and win a lifechanging trip to Canberra for the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in February 2020.

Anyone with a story to tell about life outside of the big cities is encouraged to enter, with entries of any medium accepted, including text, video, audio and photo. The competition officially opens on 24 July 2019.

Forty winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Heywire Regional Youth Summit and will take part in workshops. The Summit gives winners an opportunity to inspire each other, develop ideas and share stories to help make life in regional Australia even better.

Past winners have used Heywire as a springboard to make positive change in their communities by exploring issues around agriculture, mental health, youth employment, disability and strengthening culture, just to name a few.

ABC Director of Regional & Local, Judith Whelan said “the Heywire competition is an important platform for young people living outside of the big cities to have their voices heard.”

“We’re proud to celebrate the stories of a new generation of Australian storytellers.”

Minister for Agriculture, Bridget McKenzie encourages young people to get involved and share their stories.

“I am always inspired by the depth of capacity of young people from rural and regional Australia,” Minister McKenzie said.

“Heywire helps to showcase the next generation of young leaders.

“There is a positive future for the regions with young leaders so passionate and proud of where they come from.”

Former Heywire winner, Bethany Evans, says “It’s an enormous privilege to be a Heywire alumni and to see how the program has continued to grow and give young rural Australians a platform for discussion and change.”

“For me, my experience as a Heywire winner reaffirmed how lucky I am to call rural Australia home despite the unique challenges we face. The opportunity to meet and form lasting friendships with other rural youth from across Australia has been priceless.”

“The sense of empowerment and conviction that rural voices matter and deserve to be heard at all levels of Australian society is something that has stayed with me always.”

Get your entries in via the Heywire website by 16th of September.

From Radioinfo:

Deputy leader of the Nationals and Minister for Agriculture, Bridget McKenzie, is calling on the ABC to provide quality regional services and venture into territory that does not solely rely on ratings.

In her private Senators Bill Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Advocacy) Bill 2015, the Minister has addressed the very question of what she believes the ABC’s mandate in regional Australia should be.

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the Minister has addressed the very question of what she believes the ABC’s mandate in regional Australia should be

And yet it’s not remotely clear in the article, except for consultation on ‘service changes’. What changes are being proposed?

Come to think of it, which parties are in government and could otherwise prevent whatever changes being made - presumably as the result of funding cuts - through unfreezing indexation on their funding? :thinking:

Edit: on the subject of ABC funding from the APH website - could this be one of the suggested “changes”?

A specific measure, due to lapse in 2018–19, allocates additional funding to the levels committed through the triennial process. This measure provides support to ABC local news and current affairs services, particularly those services outside capital cities … Senator Fifield has stated that ‘the Government has taken no decisions regarding the future of this initiative’ and that ‘funding remains in place until 30 June 2019’.

I thought that extra funding was renewed in this year’s budget.

Edit: It was renewed. From The Australian in April.

ABC asks how we can stay younger for longer in National Science Week

Kicking off this weekend the ABC is celebrating National Science Week (10-18 August) by asking the big question, “How can we stay younger for longer?” across ABC TV, radio and iview.

Aidan Laverty, ABC Manager of Science, said “We’re excited by the range of content we have as part of Science Week. The amazing new research on how to keep your body and brain younger has the potential to transform how we lead our lives, and I hope becomes part of a national conversation.”

Explore the nature of youth and aging across highlights that include:

Catalyst: Staying Younger For Longer
Two-part special: Tuesday 13 and 20 August, 8.30pm on ABC + iview

Join former ABC News journalist, Ian Henderson and neuroscientist Dr Sarah McKay for the return of Catalyst , beginning with a two-part special on the body and the brain.

Ian meets researchers racing to uncover the mysteries behind growing old whilst remaining healthy – and discovers that while good genes do contribute to our chances, how we live our lives each day is just as important.

Sarah travels to San Francisco where the worlds of technology and biology collide and explores some of the more out-there anti-aging science, including one doctor’s work on the holy grail of aging medicine.

It’s essential viewing for a nation like Australia, which expects to see one in every 40 babies born today live to 100.

The Aha! Challenge
Citizen Science Project testing your creative brain for science

The ABC Science team launches a national citizen science project – The Aha! Challenge , which seeks to understand ‘the eureka moment’ and how that feeling of excited discovery changes as we grow older. People of all ages can join in and help scientists from the University of Melbourne by tackling a series of tough brain teasers. Are you up for the challenge?

The Health Report

Dr Norman Swan presents The Health Report (Monday 12 August, 5.30pm on ABC RN and the ABC listen app) and investigates the secrets to a long and healthy life by speaking to Australians who’ve done so successfully, and experts who study our stretching lifespans.

All In The Mind

Across two episodes, All In The Mind (Sundays 12.30pm on ABC RN and the ABC listen app) will examine the molecular machinery of ageing in the brain with “Telomeres, trauma and mindfulness” (Sunday 11 August), and then delve into the secrets of creativity and eureka moments on (Sunday 18 August) – featuring researchers from The Aha! Challenge .

Ockham’s Razor and Science Friction
Live events on Thursday 15 August and Saturday 17 August

ABC RN’s long-running “science soapbox” Ockham’s Razor is hitting the road again with live recordings in Sydney and Hobart. And RN’s Science Friction in partnership with the BeakerStreet@TMAG pop-up festival presents a Science Week debate on whether “Only technology will save us from ourselves.”

ABC Classic

On Classic Drive all week, music lover, science expert and molecular biologist Upulie Divisekera answers your burning questions about music and science. And on the ABC Classic website, follow the journey of Classic Breakfast presenter, Russell Torrance as he puts into practice new research on how music affects mood.

ABC Science collection on iview

In celebration of Science Week, ABC iview will present a special collection of programs that hero science and our quest to stay younger for longer, including Catalyst, Ask The Doctor and Landline .

ABC Science on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will be sharing fantastic stories throughout the week. Join the national conversation using the hashtag #ScienceWeek

During National Science Week and beyond, the ABC is your home to the best science news, stories and features from across Australia. Stay up to date on all things science

From Radioinfo:

Labor says the Liberals have mislead on ABC Funding

Labor’s Shadow Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland, says the Morrison Government has thumbed its nose at recommendations from two separate inquiries that there be stable funding for the ABC, and resorted to excuses in response.

Her statement can be read here.

A lovely idea to supplement the ABC’s funding (I can’t believe they actually did this!)…



Peter FitzSimons to deliver the 2019 Andrew Olle Media Lecture

The 2019 Andrew Olle Media Lecture will be delivered by author and columnist Peter FitzSimons AM on Friday 1 November.

FitzSimons began his media career as a sports columnist for the The Sydney Morning Herald more than three decades ago. Since then he has co-hosted breakfast radio with broadcaster Mike Carlton and written more than 30 books on a range of subjects which include sporting and historical biographies and Australian war stories. He currently writes a weekend column The Fitz Files for the The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald and is a regular panellist on Nine’s Sports Sunday.

As a former Wallaby, FitzSimons played seven test matches for Australia in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He has been Chairman of the Australian Republic Movement since 2015 and is Chair and co-founder of the rugby charity the Cauliflower Club. He is also a Pro-chancellor of Sydney University.

ABC Managing Director David Anderson said FitzSimons had been an outspoken commentator on many sporting, social and community issues.

“Peter never fails to grab your attention with his sharp and humorous commentary on issues that lie at the heart of what it means to be Australian. He is a passionate advocate for press freedom and holding those in power accountable. I have no doubt his 2019 Andrew Olle Media Lecture will be insightful, passionate and personal – and one that will generate much discussion. In short, everything that the lecture embodies.”

FitzSimons said he was “deeply honoured” to be delivering the Andrew Olle Media Lecture in 2019.

“I have been in awe of Andrew Olle ever since I first heard him on ABC Radio in the 1980s. He was an exceptional journalist and broadcaster and I was lucky to call him a friend.”

FitzSimons follows a long line of distinguished Andrew Olle Media Lecture speakers which includes his wife, Lisa Wilkinson, as well as Caroline Wilson, Joseph Kahn, Waleed Aly, Helen McCabe, Kate McClymont, Mark Colvin, Laurie Oakes, Ray Martin AM, John Hartigan, John Doyle AM, Lachlan Murdoch, Kerry Stokes AC and Jana Wendt.

The lecture is held in honour of one of the ABC’s iconic broadcasters, Andrew Olle. The Olle Fund for Brain Cancer research was set up following his death from a brain tumour in 1995. The money raised at the lecture goes directly to the Cure Brain Cancer Neuro-oncology Group at UNSW, which is now a world leader in personalised medicine for this type of cancer.

The lecture will be delivered at a black-tie dinner at The Ivy Ballroom in Sydney on Friday 1 November. The evening will be hosted by ABC Radio Sydney Drive presenter Richard Glover.

Tickets are available at:

The Andrew Olle Media Lecture will be broadcast nationally on Nightlife on Friday 1 November on ABC Radio from 11pm. The lecture will also be available on ABC NEWS channel, ABC and iview, with times to be announced.

ABC appoints Michael Carrington as Director Entertainment & Specialist

The ABC is pleased to announce the appointment of award-winning broadcast executive Michael Carrington as Director of its Entertainment & Specialist (E&S) content division.

With a 30-year media career, Michael has worked across content development, commissioning and production for commercial and public service broadcasters around the world. He has been Acting Director E&S since September 2018.

ABC Managing Director David Anderson said: “Michael brings a track record of outstanding content and creativity to the leadership team and Entertainment & Specialist, which he has managed with great success over the past year. He is a talented and accomplished individual who has shown the ability to innovate and grow audiences through diverse content across multiple platforms. He is a champion of Australian stories and I am confident he will lead our world-class content team well into the future.”

Michael Carrington said: “I am happy and proud to have been appointed Director E&S and am committed to unlocking creativity inside and outside the ABC. I’m determined to maintain the range and ambition of our Australian content and our commitment to the highest production and editorial standards. The ABC represents the diversity and richness of Australian culture across radio, television and online and I’m thrilled to be part of its future.”

As Director E&S, Michael will manage the ABC’s drama, comedy, Indigenous, music, children’s, entertainment and factual content across its TV and national radio networks, plus digital services such as iview. E&S also includes the specialist genres of arts, science, education, religion & ethics and society & culture.

Michael joined the ABC in 2016 as Head of Children’s Content, where he championed programs underpinned by themes such as diversity, disability and gender equality. In 2018, he was appointed Head of Distribution for E&S.

He previously worked at the BBC as Channel Controller and Creative Director of the CBeebies preschool channel and at Turner Broadcasting as Chief Content Officer, where he won an International Emmy for The Amazing World of Gumball. Michael was a founding member of LEGO Media, Film & TV and CEO of Zodiak Kids Studios.

The board meeting will be held tomorrow (Thursday).

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