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Correcting the record (again):

Sophie Elsworth in The Australian

In a story that deals with the issue of the media correcting mistakes, Sophie Elsworth in today’s The Australian claims ABC journalist Louise Milligan “(failed) to correct the record after making defamatory and untrue statements about former federal MP Andrew Laming in March last year”.

This is incorrect. Ms Milligan did correct the record, personally publishing a lengthy statement on 17 June 2021. This was also publicly addressed by the ABC in a statement: ABC Statement on Louise Milligan and Andrew Laming | About the ABC.

The ABC has asked Sophie Elsworth and The Australian to correct the report.

Ms Elsworth also wrote that Ms Milligan has been “involved in multiple defamation proceedings in the past year”. For context and fairness it should be noted she has been involved in two, the first ever in her more than 20-year career in journalism.

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Noel Pearson to deliver the 2022The ABC has announced lawyer, academic, land rights activist and Indigenous community leader Noel Pearson will deliver the 2022 Boyer Lecture series.


His series of four lectures, broadcast on ABC platforms, will provide key insights into the ideas, observations and experiences of one of our most recognised public intellectuals.

ABC Chair Ita Buttrose said it was a significant moment for an Indigenous leader of Noel Pearson’s standing to accept the invitation given the national discussion about the referendum for an Indigenous voice to parliament.

“Noel has been an extraordinary force in representing our First Nations people and leading the conversation on issues that are relevant to all Australians,” she said.

“He will deliver a thought-provoking lecture series that will challenge and encourage ideas about who we all are and how we see ourselves as a nation now and into the future.

“I am delighted he has accepted our invitation. This is an event not to be missed by anyone who cares about our development as a nation.”

This series will mark a return to the Boyer Lectures for Noel who in 1993 delivered one of the five lectures along with Getano Lui, Dr Ian Anderson, Jeannie Bell, Mandawuy Yunupingu and Dot West. That lecture, titled Voices of the Land or Towards Respecting Equality and Difference was delivered in the wake of the Mabo decision in 1992, then Prime Minister Paul Keating’s Redfern speech the same year and during the subsequent national debate about the Native Title Act.

“I will reflect on where we have come since W.E.H. Stanner’s 1968 Boyer Lectures After the Dreaming, which I consider to be the greatest of the Boyers and still as vital today as they were when first delivered,” Noel said.

“My lectures will look at where we are today and what lies in prospect, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and for Australians at large.”

The four lectures will be broadcast on ABC RN and one on ABC TV later this year.

Noel Pearson comes from the Guugu Yimidhirr community of Hope Vale on the Cape York Peninsula. He is the Founder and Director of Strategy of the Cape York Partnership a non-profit organisation that works to empower Indigenous families and communities in Cape York and Cairns to break the cycle of disadvantage.

He is Founder and Co-Chair of Good to Great Schools Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to support Australian education systems and communities to help their schools successfully deliver 21st century programs.

Noel also co-founded the Cape York Land Council, and helped to establish Apunipima Health Council, Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation and Indigenous Enterprise Partnerships.

He has served as a member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians and the Referendum Council. The panel investigated changing the federal Constitution so that Australia’s Indigenous peoples would be recognised in it. The panel delivered its report titled Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution to then Prime Minister Julia Gillard in January 2012.

The Boyer Lecture series, named after former ABC Chairman Sir Richard Boyer, is a series of radio lectures from a prominent Australian invited to express their thoughts on major social, cultural, scientific or political issues. ABC Boyer Lectures

ABC Trailblazers program launches 2023 program to showcase young regional leaders


Applications are now open for the ABC’s 2023 Trailblazers program, which showcases the stories of regional Australia’s brightest new leaders.

Trailblazers is an opportunity for young innovators, aged 18 – 28, who have started social, educational and economic development projects in their regional communities, to have their work celebrated nationally.

Previous Trailblazers projects have tackled issues including strengthening Indigenous culture, youth mental health, sustainable agriculture, employment, education and supporting remote entrepreneurs.

2022 Trailblazer winner, Tisha Tejaya from Larrakia Country, Darwin tells the stories of her community in innovative ways through her project, Cornucopia.

In 2020 she published a guidebook to the produce used by Darwin’s diverse community, including stories of how migrant communities use these ingredients.

“Trailblazers has been a whirlwind, incredible experience. I’m simply doing things I never dreamt I would do. Trailblazers has also been incredible in building confidence and skill. The program has been the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Jameson Harvey is an ABC Trailblazer from Gubbi Gubbi Country, West Woombye, in Queensland. He applied for Trailblazers last year with his project Red Dirt Robotics, a high-quality robotics workshop seeking to empower, inspire and engage the next generation of young engineers in regional Australia.

“Being part of the Trailblazers program has been so beneficial to the development of Red Dirt Robotics through the continuous support. My project has grown by leaps and bounds since last year. Plus, meeting so many incredible people from regional Australia doing awesome things has been one of the best parts too!”

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, The Hon. Catherine King MP, encourages and supports regional Australia’s young leaders to get involved.

“The Trailblazers initiative has supported countless young regional and rural Australians to tell their story and more broadly, to tell the story of regional Australia – one that is as diverse as it is important.”

“Over more than two decades, ABC Heywire and the Trailblazers program has equipped young regional and rural Australians with the skills and opportunities to empower themselves and their communities.”

“In connecting the stories told by remarkable young people who are driving change in rural and regional Australia with the nation, Trailblazers broadens the understanding of what is possible and strengthens the foundation for these future leaders to succeed.”

The ABC’s Director of Regional & Local, Judith Whelan, welcomes the launch of the 2023 Trailblazers’ program, saying it marks the start of some incredible journeys for young people in regional communities around Australia.

“This is a program that has consistently delivered for those who have taken part in past years. It has also delivered substantial benefits to regional communities. Trailblazers is an inspiring and uplifting initiative and the ideas that come from it never fail to impress.”

How to apply

Who can apply to be a Trailblazer?

Individuals and groups of up to three, aged 18-28, who are initiating projects that create positive change in their communities. From young community leaders to social entrepreneurs, advocates to event organisers, ABC Trailblazers are looking for young people with a commitment to strengthening their regional communities.

What do Trailblazers receive?

The chance to have their work featured on the ABC.

Exclusive opportunities to apply for Trailblazer Development Fund grants, a partnership with the Sally Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

Extensive networking, media and leadership opportunities.

Applications close Thursday 20 October 2022. To apply, visit

Photos and interviews are available with Trailblazers from last year’s program.

The ABC Trailblazer program sits under the umbrella of the Heywire program, which the ABC has run in partnership with the Australia Government since 1998.

Trailblazers is a partnership between the ABC and the Australian Government through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts; the Department of Health and Aged Care; the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations; and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

It’s ‘Your Move’ as ABC puts spotlight on health during October and November

Australia has one of the best health systems in the world, yet one in two of us lives with a long-term health condition.

Throughout October and into November the ABC will feature a series of programs and specials on its television, radio, digital and social platforms focusing on the key issues driving Australia’s collective and individual health outcomes.

ABC Your Move is bringing together reporting and creative teams from every part of the ABC to uncover what is behind some of the most common health issues we face.

Major programming events across the next six weeks include:

  • Magda’s Big National Health Check, a three-part documentary series presented by Magda Szubanski, starting on ABC TV and ABC iview on 1 November.
  • Two-part Catalyst special Keep on Dancing, presented by Myf Warhurst, on ABC TV and ABC iview from 4 October.
  • Daily Classic Dance classes on ABC Classic Mornings from 3 October.
  • ABC Health Check, a digital interactive quiz launching on 4 October.
  • RN Health Report series presented by Tegan Taylor focused on social factors driving health in Australia, from late October.

ABC Your Move will invite Australians of all ages to engage with this special programming event by taking part in a number of community activities, including:

  • ABC local Radio ‘takeover’ of parkrun on Saturday 29 October, featuring live outside broadcasts in every state and territory.
  • ABC Education’s Primary School Poster Competition asking students to name a ‘great move’ and say why Australians should give it a go.

Director, ABC Entertainment and Specialist Jennifer Collins said ABC Your Move represented a major collaboration involving program makers and journalists from ABC News, ABC Television and ABC iview, ABC’s music and talk networks and specialist networks and platforms including RN, ABC Everyday and ABC Education.

“We want to host a national conversation about our health, explore some of the hidden factors that drive key issues and get Australians to start thinking about what small changes they can make to improve their own health,” she said.

“We’ll be exploring what’s within and outside our control, such as sleep, alcohol consumption, eating and exercise. And we’ll be doing that in an entertaining, engaging and informative way, like ABC Radio Darwin’s Adam Steer taking the ‘Mature Man’s Handstand Challenge’ and uncovering exercise in disguise for those who dislike gym culture.”

Ms Collins said Magda’s Big National Health Check premiering on 1 November was a key program event, with the popular author and actor taking a ‘deep dive’ into the state of our health, while reflecting on her own.

“This is a very personal journey for Magda, who discovers some astonishing facts about the biggest risks to our health and what we can do to find solutions.”

ABC Your Move runs on ABC platforms from 3 October to 15 November 2022.

For more health & fitness programming visit the Your Move collection on ABC iview Your Move : ABC iview or the ABC listen app.

ABC’s award-wining in-house creative team, ABC MADE, is looking for ambitious young creatives for the first round of the ABC MADE Upstart internship program.


The six-week paid mentorship opportunity will give selected interns a taste of producing high-end content marketing campaigns. The mentees will work alongside the senior creative team who specialise in TV, radio and digital creative for ABC’s content, product and services. The inaugural program will commence in February 2023.

Spearheaded by ABC MADE’s multi-award-winning Creative Director, Diana Costantini, the initiative will continue the ABC’s long-standing commitment to fostering emerging talent in an ever-changing media landscape.

Diana Costantini, Head of Creative / Creative Director ABC MADE said “ABC MADE Upstart is an exciting new initiative that will set up a pipeline for young creatives. Our aim is to increase our pool of talent within the ABC MADE team as well as providing meaningful experiences for people wanting to move into creative industries. We can’t wait to welcome our first interns early next year.”

Leisa Bacon, Audiences Director, ABC said “The ABC has a long history of helping people learn and grow through internships and News cadetships. The ABC MADE Upstart program expands on that with an opportunity for younger Australians to gain first-hand creative experience within a large media organisation. ABC MADE is an award-winning team eager to share their skills and knowledge.”

To apply, applicants are asked to get creative and submit a piece of work that features ABC content or initiatives. This could be anything from a video, script, radio piece or even a Tik Tok video.

Applicants should complete the submission task and register their application through by Monday, 31 October 2022.

ABC MADE combines a comprehensive range of creative teams to service all of the ABC’s divisions, including television, radio, news, international, commercial and digital networks.

For more information and FAQs visit:

The Australian reports that the ABC has acknowledged its controversial relocation of ABC Radio Sydney to Parramatta will cost almost $50 million. According to documents tabled to a parliamentary committee, funding for the project will come from the existing ABC budget. However, the revelation raises questions as to what impact the move – and reduction in budget – will have on ABC programming and staff salaries.

So where is this money coming from? I thought they were under pressure in their budget after years of “cuts” lol, obviously not with this kind of money floating around.

Alos revealed

Documents reveal the ABC intends to lease out about 7900sq m of its Ultimo office once renovations are complete while leasing 3106sq m in the new Parramatta building.

The agreement allows a presence on the ground floor of the Parramatta building “providing a publicly visible space for the ABC to engage with the local community”.

The broadcaster says the cost of the move is supported by the sale of ageing assets and the leasing of office space, which in 2020 reportedly had the potential to bring in $4m a year.

Cue social media complaints for programs omitted and those included!


I’m wating for News Corp (Sky News) to crack the shits over this. :rofl:


Judging by some of the comments on Rowland’s tweet, the anti ABC Left have already cracked it, the other mob won’t be far behind.


Royal Australian Mint marks 90 years of the ABC with two commemorative coins

The Royal Australian Mint will release a commemorative $1 coin and a 20 cent piece tomorrow to mark 90 years of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The collector coins feature iconic programs and characters that have defined the ABC since it first went to air on 1 July 1932.

ABC Managing Director, David Anderson, said few organisations were honoured in this way. “I’d like to commend the Mint for producing two beautifully crafted coins that capture the spirit of the ABC over our 90 years.

“This is one of the last events of the year marking our 90th birthday and I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all those Australians who have shared their memories with us in programs like ABC TV’s interview series The ABC of…, ABC Radio’s Your ABC Story and ABC News’ Your Australian Story.

“The ABC has played a big part in so many people’s lives over the past 90 years and continues to do so today. We’ve enjoyed bringing these special moments to our audiences this year, as much as they have enjoyed watching, reading and listening to them. These two coins are wonderful collectors’ items and provide the perfect bookend to our 90th celebrations.”

The Mint’s CEO, Leigh Gordon, said: “The Mint is delighted to be part of the celebration of the ABC’s 90th Anniversary – an organisation recognised as the home of Australian conversations, culture and stories.”

“The coin design represents the ABC’s special and far-reaching connection with Australia and Australians as it has grown and evolved over 90 Years. Like a family photo, the ABC logo is featured predominantly on the coin, surrounded by icons that showcase the rich history of the ABC, and its evolution into an iconic part of the Australian media landscape.”

The ABC coins were designed by Aleksandra Stokic and celebrate the many facets of the ABC with pictograms surrounding the iconic lissajous logo.

Featured on the coins are: · AFL football · a tractor · a radio · New Year’s Eve fireworks · theatre masks · a book · a satellite dish · Torres Strait Island flag · Gardening Australia pot plant · Rage · storm warning · Countdown · Jemima and Humpty Dumpty · Hoot · studio light · ABC Pride · film reel · extreme heat and other disaster warning · voting tick box · tablet · science flask · microphone · Bananas in Pyjamas · windmill · paint pallet · triple j · Olympic torch · 4 Corners · flood and bushfire warning · ABC Kids · Aboriginal Flag · ballet shoes · Foreign Correspondent · film camera · rugby ball · cricket bat and ball.

The $1 coin is a ½ oz fine silver proof coin and comes in its own commemorative box. The 20 cent piece is an Uncirculated Coin. Both are legal tender but produced as gifts or souvenirs or as pieces for collections.

The coins will be available on the Mint’s website on 6 October from 8:30am (AEDT).

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“I don’t think the ABC could be accused of not giving younger talent opportunities,” the chair of the ABC board incredulously declared on the broadcaster’s RN Breakfast program on Friday morning, in an interview pegged to Ageism Awareness Day.

With that simple statement Ita Buttrose, the most powerful person in the organisation, revealed how little she understands about the ABC’s current programming slate, its trajectory, its growing disconnect from younger Australians who deserve a national broadcaster that caters to them and, perhaps most importantly, the experiences of its precariously employed younger workers.

Buttrose went on to say that “a lot of our comedy shows are hosted by wonderfully young people”, but didn’t name a single one. That’s because there aren’t any. There is not a single ABC TV comedy or panel show hosted by anyone under the age of 35.


Eleven ABC programs shortlisted for the 61st annual Rose d’Or Awards

The shortlist for the 61st annual Rose d’Or Awards was announced overnight with eleven ABC programs shortlisted for awards, the most of any Australian network.

The prestigious Rose d’Or Awards recognise excellence and achievement in international TV and audio program making.

Engaging ABC Arts program, The Exhibitionists (Northern Pictures) is shortlisted in the Arts category along with AACTA award winning documentary My Name is Gulpilil (Vertigo Productions/ABCG Film/Visit Films).

Series 2 of the highly-acclaimed, comedy series Frayed and recent anthology series Summer Love (Gristmill/Kinetic/Red Arrow) are shortlisted in the Comedy, Drama and Sitcom category with Federal Election program Gruen Nation (CJZ) shortlisted in the Comedy category.

ABC’s strong drama offering saw three programs shortlisted in the Drama category, with Mystery Road: Origin (Bunya Productions/All3Media International), The Newsreader (Werner Film Productions/Entertainment One) and Total Control (Blackfella Films/All3Media International) adding to the impressive award run for our drama programming.

The most recent adaptation of the Old People’s Home series, Old People’s Home for Teenagers (Endemol Shine Australia/Red Arrow Studios International) is shortlisted under Reality and Factual Entertainment and returning favourite Spicks & Specks is shortlisted in the Studio Entertainment category.

The Foreign Correspondent report on the ongoing conflict in Myanmar titled Myanmarʻs Forgotten War by reporter Matt Davis is shortlisted in the News and Current Affairs category.

ABC Acting Director Entertainment & Specialist Jennifer Collins said “I am always delighted to see ABC programs recognised and to have so many honoured on the world stage is testament to the high quality of our content offering. Congratulations to everyone involved in bringing these incredible productions to our audiences.”

Recent ABC Rose d’Or winners include ABC documentary Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra and ABC ME series First Day.

The winners of the 61st annual Rose d’Or awards will be announced at a ceremony on 28 November.

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ABC should shut down ABC TV and focus solely on becoming a digital Giant. it is the only way they will remain relevant.

why is shutting off its dominant medium a key to being relevant?


Sorry what?