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Efficiency, change and pain as ABC staff prepare to walk out the door

Thursday 30 July, 2020

The ABC has been moving ahead with its redundancy process, with the final change proposals sent to staff on 21 July. 

With the expressions of interest in redundancy process now complete, and positions identified for redundancy, the national broadcaster is currently consulting on the proposals with employees and their representatives.

Ita slams Millenials. Millenials slam Ita

Saturday 25 July, 2020

Speaking at a closed session of the Australia-British Chamber of Commerce this week, ABC Chair Ita Buttrose criticised Millenials.

The ABC will be more local, diverse, personalised and capable: MD David Anderson

Saturday 11 July, 2020

ABC Managing Director David Anderson has worked his way up at the national broadcaster since 1989, when he first joined the organisaton as a switchboard operator.

He spoke at the National Press Club this week to push the point about the national broadcaster's value to Australia and also discussed the need for the ABC to be paid by the tech titans for content that appears on facebook and google. Highlights form his speech are below:
 

ABC News strategy expands to digital despite cuts: Gaven Morris

Thursday 02 July, 2020

“Nothing has been left untouched.”

The ABC’s Director of News Gaven Morris explains the strategy behind the recent cut to the 0745 radio news.

In a detailed interview with Steve Ahern, Morris says there is a bigger picture than just cutting a bulletin, the change is part of the rebalancing of priorities to better serve digital audio services, as well as broadcast radio.

Adam Stephen's ABC drive show extended to more of regional Queensland

Tuesday 23 June, 2020

ABC Radio has changed some programming in Queensland after "great audience feedback," following a temporary period when Adam Stephens’ Northern drive program went to listeners in Western Queensland and Capricornia.

They will now hear the FNQ drive show, hosted by Adam Stephen, on a regular basis.

This will allow ABC Radio Queensland's southern drive presenter Sheridan Stewart to concentrate on the big markets of the Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Bundaberg.

Bushfire Research shows ABC Radio highly trusted and saves lives

Wednesday 03 June, 2020

As the Bushfire Royal Commission continues, the ABC has released independent research that shows Australians turned to the national broadcaster in record numbers during the recent bushfire crisis.

The research shows that the ABC was the most trusted information source during the fires and that lives were saved as a result of people acting on information the ABC provided.

ABC commits $3 million from Fresh Start Fund to support Australian creatives during COVID-19

Tuesday 02 June, 2020

The ABC has committed more than $3 million to date from its Fresh Start Fund to help kickstart Australian productions and content ideas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the launch of the $5 million development fund on 23 April, the ABC has earmarked some $3.2 million of the total to more than 80 productions and ideas for new Australian dramas, documentaries, comedies, music, arts and children’s content.

ABC backs Swan's integrity in response to COVID19 related article in The Australian

Sunday 19 April, 2020

The Australian newspaper has accused Norman Swan of being “after money to turn spin doctor.”

ABC job cuts postponed as focus shifts to Corona Virus

Thursday 19 March, 2020

The ABC has delayed planned job cuts that were scheduled to be announced later this month, due to the increased workload caused by the Corona Virus.

In a memo to staff, Managing Director David Anderson wrote:

 

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