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Indira Naidoo returns to the ABC

Wednesday 22 January, 2020

Indira Naidoo will return to the ABC in February to host ABC Radio’s Weekend Nightlife.

Ms Naidoo will present the national program each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, sharing hosting duties with Philip Clark, who presents the show Mondays to Thursdays.

Director of ABC Regional & Local, Judith Whelan, says:

Australian generosity during the bushfires is the ABC focus for Australia Day

Monday 20 January, 2020

The ABC will focus on the communities most affected by the ongoing bushfires as part of its 2020 Australia Day coverage.
 
The ABC will broaden its Australia Day coverage this year to include stories from the regions that have been impacted by bushfires.  Emergency broadcasting, however, will remain at the core of its service for those communities still under threat from bushfires.   
 

I’m still perpendicular: Jim Maxwell @ABCGrandstand

Sunday 05 January, 2020

ABC cricket commentator Jim Maxwell talks to Steve Ahern about his stroke and why radio cricket is still booming

Silly season is here and the changes are coming thick and fast

Tuesday 03 December, 2019

Summer, the time for holidays, the festive season, family vacation and time to throw out your old unwanted radio line-up and try on something new.

SCA have begun to make wholesale changes with anywhere between 50 – 100 redundancies rumoured.

I'm getting a bit croaky... this show won't be returning: Myf Warhurst

Sunday 01 December, 2019
Myf Warhurst went through her whole show on Friday before revealing to her audience that she would not be returning to ABC local radio next year.

There were some hints that something was wrong when she began the show by asking for requests that listeners needed to hear today, then played a request for herself titled Ball of Confusion.

Through the show she told isteners this was her last show for the year, but it wasn't until the very end of the show that she revealed it was her last show ever.

ABC Radio will not cover the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Wednesday 13 November, 2019

ABC Radio will not be covering the Olympics next year, due to cost pressures.

For the first time since the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, the ABC will not have a live radio broadcast of the Games, with the national broadcaster citing "budget pressures and the changing broadcast environment" as reasons not to bid for the non-commercial radio rights. Channel Seven is the top level rights holder in Australia.

An ABC statement said:

Vale John Spence

Tuesday 01 October, 2019
The ABC’s Senior Researcher in Archives, John Spence, died peacefully over the weekend. 
 
In a note to staff, ABC Director Regional & Local, Judith Whelan, wrote
 
As a Senior Radio Researcher in Archives, John was one of those people who connected in so many ways with so many people over the 30 plus years he worked here.  He has always been the first person our program teams would go to for help with archival material and his knowledge of ABC Radio’s history was second-to-none.
 

It isn’t business as usual on ABC Radio: Judith Whelan

Thursday 22 August, 2019
Judith Whelan has replaced Michael Mason as Director of ABC Regional & Local.
 
In this role she runs most, but not all, of the ABC’s radio services.
 
radioinfo’s Steve Ahern sat down with Whelan to discuss her priorities and find out more about her transition from print to broadcast.
 

Senator McKenzie says the ABC must provide better coverage

Thursday 01 August, 2019

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 question of what she believes the ABC’s mandate in regional Australia should be.
 

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