“I have heard it said … that the ABC has captured the hearts and minds of every preschool and aged-care facility,”
This was spouted at least three years ago Michelle. It’s a shame she couldn’t have her own vision instead of her predecessors failed ambitions.
The ABC has been trying to shed that image since it commissioned Crownies back in 2011. So far it has failed as has every drama slanted towards youth despite the ABC desperately trying to prove otherwise. The Code never should have received a second season. Barracuda flopped.
Cleverman. The show that bombed in ratings and most of the viewer feedback was negative and harsh.
So I don’t understand why she has to focus on so many niche fields that ends up alienating the loyal audience that actually gives the ABC recognition and relevance. Catering towards the elderly and the preschool level is exactly the niche they should cover as no one else does it well.
She wants more ethnic diversity. Umm so I guess NITV doesn’t exist and what about SBS?
The Warriors sounds dreadful now as it did when I read about it a couple of months ago. That’s the last thing we need in Australia, more content geared towards sport. We have enough already. Exactly who is the target audience? Guaranteed no one is going to give two shits about this crap. Which is probably exactly what ABC thought so hired McCune and Woods. Such distasteful stunt casting.
Cyberhate with Tara Moss. Ohh the LOLs. No amount of crap is ever going to stop people expressing their hate on the net. If you can’t hack the hate stay off the net.
"When we look at producers, we’re going to ensure their hiring practices reflect our [diversity] objectives. As a commissioner of shows, we can drive a lot of behaviour."
I have a huge issue with this. This is a classic case of ‘positive’ discrimination and tokenism. People should not be promoted solely because they are the right sex and race. Promotions and positions of authority should be earned not given. Positive discrimination is discrimination pure and simple. Yes Michelle even ‘straight white guys’ can be discriminated against.
It wouldn’t shock me in the least if Catalyst is junked. I doubt it would fit into the new ABC regime.
So far in 2017 it looks like there will be less drama and a ton more niche crap. As someone in ABC’s new target demo I don’t think I’ve watched anything on ABC live since my mid teens and I only use IView Ripper. That’s your target audience ABC, one that doesn’t give two shits about you and no amount of makeovers will ever make you relevant to someone in their early twenties. It sad to see them chasing after a lost demographic. What a waste.
ABC delivers ambitious, accessible & Australian programs for 2017
ABC Director of Television, Richard Finlayson, and Head of Programming and Digital, Rebecca Heap, today announced additional titles to be added to ABC’s impressive 2017 slate and has affirmed ABC’s commitment to ambitious, accessible and Australian programming.
Richard Finlayson said: “It’s with great pleasure we reveal another raft of world-class content today; programming that unequivocally confirms ABC as the home of Australian stories, conversations and the best creative talent. Our programs continue to not only entertain but tackle the things that matter, at home, in the community and to the nation.”
Major highlights unveiled today include outstanding drama (Pulse, The Easybeats), must-see comedy and entertainment (Get Krack!n’, Hannah Gadsby’s Nude, The Ex-PM, The Chinaboy Show), change-making factual event television (Brian Cox’s Stargazing Live in Australia, Craig Reucassel’s War on Waste, Todd Sampson’s Life on the Line, the Ian Thorpe hosted Bullied), and groundbreaking children’s programs (Mustangs FC, My Year 12 Life, Get Grubby TV and Joey’s Big Adventure).
###MAGICAL FAMILY MOMENTS & CHANGE-MAKING TELEVISION EVENTS
War on Waste
The exciting new three-part factual series War on Waste will turn the spotlight on the staggering amount of waste we produce as a nation, and how together we can do something about it. No stranger to confronting situations, presenter Craig Reucassel will take on the supermarkets, challenge Australians to go waste free, debunk recycling myths, and uncover some shocking truths about fashion waste. Most importantly he’ll take a critical look at household, retail and farming waste in Australia – and ask, what has changed in the Australian psyche, and in our consumer culture, that has led us to become among the most wasteful nations on Earth?
Cyberhate with Tara Moss
Co-programmed on ABC2 and ABC iview the week of Bullied will be the revealing program Cyberhate with Tara Moss. Author, journalist, and human rights advocate Tara Moss will take us on a tour to the darkest corners of the web to uncover the world of cyber violence. Through interviews, discussion, cutting edge science and Moss’s own story of dealing with online threats, anger and trolls, this series will investigate why fury is reshaping the online world.
FOR LOVERS OF LIFE
Compass returns at 6pm on March 4 in a new Saturday timeslot when Geraldine Doogue passes the baton to brand new Compass presenter Kumi Taguchi in an interview revealing why Kumi is the perfect person for the job.
But Geraldine is not stepping back completely and will continue to host specials throughout the year including Modern Prophets, an interview series with a refreshing perspective on key events in the religious and secular calendar and a powerful one-hour special exploring the potential outcomes of the Royal Commission.
###FOR DRAMA LOVERS
ABC delivers the best dramas on Australian television.
Previously announced dramas for 2017 include Newton’s Law, Seven Types of Ambiguity, The Warriors plus new seasons of the strikingly original Cleverman and Glitch and home grown favourites Janet King and The Doctor Blake Mysteries.
Joining them on ABC’s already impressive 2017 drama slate are the Australian medical drama Pulse, the two-part Easybeats mini-series The Easybeats.
2017 will also see the return of award-winning comedies Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell and Utopia, plus comedian Anne Edmonds’ original noir comedy The Edge of the Bush and new autobiographical comedy Ronny Chieng: International Student, which has just gone into production this week for ABC in Australia and Comedy Central in the US.
Back too is the team at The Checkout, Shaun Micallef in The Ex-PM and we’re serving up even more of the Katering Show girls in Get Krack!n’.
The Checkout resumes its unwavering mission to make the Australian Consumer Law sexy, expose the ways we’re all being ripped off and give us the tools to fix it.
ABC will also continue to offer snappy, bite-sized servings of ambitious and innovative entertainment exactly when you want it, with must-see ABC iview exclusives Pop-Ability and The Chinaboy Show.
The Sisters of Invention are the world’s first pop girl group with disabilities. Determined to challenge society’s pre-conceived ideas about who can be a pop star, the group are getting ready to release an ambitious music video to accompany their debut album. But can they break free of the tough reality of living with a disability? This is an unforgettable series exclusive to ABC iview.
The Chinaboy Show
John Luc’s The Chinaboy Show is the first ABC sketch comedy written from the perspective of a Vietnamese–Chinese Australian. Front and centre of this series is online sensation John Luc (AKA Mychonny), whose content has enjoyed more than 300 million views, easily making him one of Australia’s most loved YouTube stars.
###For Young Viewers
ABC continues to deliver new shows for young children and teens that they can watch at times and on devices that best suit them.
Must-see shows this year for young viewers include Mustangs FC, Get Grubby TV, My Year 12 Life and Joey’s Big Adventure.
Mustangs FC is a goal-kicking comedy drama about girls who abandon the sidelines and start their football club’s first all-girls team. Against the odds, they’ll stand united and overcome any challenges the club, the boys, or the opposition can throw at them. All while wrestling with what it means to be a friend; a sister; a daughter; a girlfriend.
Get Grubby TV
Get Grubby TV takes the Australian Emmy award-winning animated TV series, dirtgirlworld, and reimagines the story to reveal the real place and the real characters…unreal! Having invented the ‘costavator’, dirtgirl and scrapboy have also gained a new friend, Costa the Garden Gnome (Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia), and together they are travelling across Australia to new places and getting grubby… big time!
Joey’s Big Adventure
Play School’s brand new toy Joey will jump into a big adventure to explore the world of baby animals. Joey will join Play School presenter’s Miranda, Luke, and Rachel as they introduce pre-schoolers to the wonderful world of wildlife. They’ll meet and uncover facts about a range of baby animals, from hatching Gentoo Penguin chicks in their snow enclosure to a litter of adorable six week old puppies. With a beautiful catchy song to accompany each episode, Joey’s Big Adventure will provide insights into the animal kingdom with plenty of giggles along the way.
ABC has commissioned what is billed as a ground-breaking documentary series examining the threats to the country’s national and personal security. Keeping Australia Safe is a 6-part series produced by ITV Studios Australia and filmed over one continuous 48-hour period. The producers deployed 200 cameras around Australia and overseas during the two days, involving 30 institutions.
They once did a great job of bringing all their brands under one umbrella. Can’t help thinking that making all these logos so different, actually damages their brand. I think the ABC logo and ABC iview are the only good ones they have.
Seven is very successful by keeping it’s 7 logo prominent in each of its mutichannel logos. Nine brought all their brands together by adding the 9 balls logo in front of them all.
So why did the ABC head in the opposite direction? Crazy!
Maybe the ABC KIDS logo could be tweaked so there’s the “Apple, Bee, Carrot” motif and “(ABC lissajous) KIDS” for consistency with the others but aside from that, the ABC’s current branding strategy is fine IMO.
If any Australian TV network’s branding is all over the place and needs a major reorganisation, it’s Ten/WIN!