ABC launches Australia Calling: The ABC Radio Australia Story

The ABC has released an official history of Radio AustraliaAustralia Calling: The ABC Radio Australia Story.

Written by long-time ABC Radio Australia journalist and presenter Dr. Phil KafcaloudesAustralia Calling tells the story of the radio service’s evolution and change through the decades as geopolitics and the media landscape shift across the region and the world.

It charts the push and pull of the service from pressures on the ABC budget over the years and as political support for the value of international broadcasting has ebbed and flowed within Canberra.

ABC Managing Director David Anderson says, “In the ABC’s 90th year, Australia Calling is a timely reminder of the historic importance of the ABC’s International Services in the Indo-Pacific. In an increasingly challenging international context, it is an opportunity to reflect on the ABC’s role in supporting a free media, regional democracy, and collaboration with our international neighbours.”

ABC Head International Services Claire M. Gorman says, “I commissioned Phil to write this book as this is a story worth telling. In documenting ABC Radio Australia’s evolution, the book highlights the ABC’s longstanding commitment to regional storytelling, peace, and democracy.

“It helps us understand why the ABC remains a valued and trusted source of news, information, and entertainment for international audiences.  The book tells an important part of the ABC’s 90-year history and Australia’s engagement with its neighbours.”

According to Dr. Kafcaloudes, “Even though I worked at ABC Radio Australia for many years, researching for this book made me realise how much the network has affected so many people.

“Not to mention having a role in world events like the first landing on the moon, post-war migration, and even the cold war. No wonder it’s always rated so highly with international audiences.”