ABC Local Radio’s new bulletin schedule came into operation this week, dumping the 0745 News due to budget cuts.
While there was little mention of the change on-air on Monday, the very last 0745 bulletin aired on Sunday morning during Macca’s Australia All Over program, ending with a tribute to some of the voices of that bulletin heard by listeners during the past 80 years.
An extended report, prepared by Michelle Brown and Adam Story used archive material to remember the bulletin’s impact.
The 0745 news bulletin was introduced in a time before the ABC’s Current Affairs department was founded and before the extended current affiars shows AM, The World Today and PM were created, so the longer bulletin in its early days, was important to allow for more in-depth reporting. As Gaven Morris told radioinfo in July, the bulletin needed more resources because of its longer format and the need for extended versions of news reports.
The last 0745 bulletin was presented by Jamelle Wells, who has told radioinfo:
“I read a full script about the new format and played a tribute to the history of the bulletin that the staff put together and management approved… We are proud of the tribute we put together.”
Listen to the report below.