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Anthony The Koala
1 April 2021 - 5:54am
What no "Rogers and Hammerstein", "Adler and Ross", "Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice", "Rudolf Friml", "Cole Porter", "Noel Coward", "Bizet", "Leonard Bernstein", "Steven Sondheim", "Gareth Thompson, Jack Dodds and Mitch Lourigan", "Casey Bennetto" , "Irving Berlin" and "Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster"?

Their above broadcaster's list seem quite narrow.

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting and dynamic Belfield

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Anthony The Koala
1 April 2021 - 5:40am
The following mean the same thing: pesce d'aprile (Italiano), poisson d'avril (Français), gowk day (Gaelic). Note the first two pesce and poisson mean fish.

Practical example is the advanced announcement of a jumbo going under the Harbour Bridge. A jumbo did go under the Harbour Bridge. It was a pachyderm.

Thank you,
Anthony, member of the Broken Hill SLSC, Belfield within the district of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Ireland
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Anthony The Koala
1 April 2021 - 2:16am
Fully agree with Mr St. John.

Before the availability of IP networks as a method of distribution of audio and video information, The PMG/Telecom Australia/Telstra had a separate audio and video distribution divisions, Sound Operations Centre (SOC) and Television Operations Centre (TOC), respectively. So TV content would arrive as audio and video lines from SOC and TOC.

In addition for a brief period of time, Integrated services digital network (ISDN) was a method of conveying digital information over the publicly switched telephone network.

Now, broadcasters use IP to convey broadcast content. To illustrate, a major provider of outsourced outside broadcasting (OB) facilities distributes its content, 100% IP at gigabit rates, https://www.nepgroup.com.au/project/andrews-hubs and https://www.nepgroup.com.au/services/centralised-production .

New methods of conveying broadcast intelligence require new methods of securing the networks and maintaining the networks' security. It requires investing in 'resources' in personnel and security methods in hardware and software.

Thank you,
Anthony of "...there's nothing new under the sun..." (Ecclesiastes 1:9) OR "...everything old is new again..." (Peter Allen) regarding methods to protect facilities, Belfield
NINE Network suffers cyber-attack but radio unaffected
Anthony The Koala
30 March 2021 - 10:17am
Received my order for "Brenno, The Life And Times Of A Media Godfather", ISBN 9781742575728, 30-03-2021 at 0830. An easy-to-read book. A cursory reading has the remark that could sum his profession as a leading light, an instinct for professional broadcasting and a father figure who lovingly reprimanded his subordinates who may have gone off-course.

Mike Walsh's foreword reminded me of my late statistics professor at Macquarie. In 1965, the statistics professor, a former North Sydney Boys High school graduate rang Mike Walsh on his 2SM program boasting that he and his mate climbed up the newly constructed Channel 10 tower near the Great Northern Hotel.

Sorry I digress,

Thank you,
Anthony of Belfield

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Anthony The Koala
30 March 2021 - 5:33am
This comment is about the law of consent that every person must be aware of, whether a broadcaster should be dismissed for making unacceptable comments and a comment about the word "appropriate".

First, this comment is not legal advice of the dismissed broadcaster NOR the alleged victim.

This is a lesson on how a broadcaster, who ever it may be when it comes to commenting on the law and alleged victims of ANY crime. It is not a political comment. I leave that to others.

The dismissed broadcaster addressing the alleged victim as "...a silly little girl who got drunk..." does not understand the meaning of "consent" within the criminal law.

To illustrate, section 61I of the "Crimes Act", NSW as at 20th October, 2020 says on sexual assault that "....Any person who has sexual intercourse with another person without the consent of the other person and who knows that the other person does not consent to the sexual intercourse is liable to imprisonment for 14 years......"

Ref: https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/view/whole/html/inforce/current/act-1900-040#sec.61I

The key word is consent and that it must be given freely and voluntarily. The Act does not enumerate the lack of consent. Case law has enumerated situations where there is no consent.

A person who is intoxicated, or as the broadcaster said "...drunk..." may well be incapable of giving consent.

Definitions of consent enumerated from case law and presented to the public are given at:

See also:
Sexual consent tookit, rape and sexual assault research and advocacy.
Help and support lines for all states:

Other situations of non-consent include past sexual conduct of a victim, being flirty, being of service and being kind to people.

Anyway, if a person is incapable because of being in an intoxicated state or does not expressly give consent, then there is no consent.

Thus if there is no consent, then it may well be a case of sexual assault. To determine whether a sexual assault was done is first up to the victim to report to the police and the police to investigate the facts of the situation.

It irrelevant whether the victim reported the incident immediately or later. There are NO statute of limitations on criminal matters.

Therefore ANY presenter or ANY person in our society must understand the meaning of consent of a person being freely and voluntary given.

It is also important for ALL of us. Educational institutions, workplaces and other places where people meet and interact need to know the law and need to know how we BEHAVE.

For broadcasters, instead of attacking the victim, it would have been far more constructive for ANY broadcaster to discuss the meaning of consent in relations with others and our behaviour towards others. I particularly direct this to commercial broadcasters who may have a larger audience share than the ABC.

Should the broadcaster have been dismissed for calling the alleged victim "....a silly little girl who was drunk...."?

I am speculating here. In light of campaigns by concerned citizens boycotting the sponsors of a 2GB talk host resulting in decreased revenue from advertising, it may well have been a commercial decision of the dismissed broadcaster's employer.

The broadcasting entity may have been concerned that if the dismissed presenter continued to broadcast, then the employer may have been subject to boycotts of sponsors and a resulting drop in advertising revenue. Then it is speculation.

Therefore presenters must BEHAVE and invite constructive discussion on the issue of consent.

Unfortunately there hasn't been any campaigns to boycott sponsors whose presenter insults religious figures.

Finally I wish to criticise the use of the the word "inappropriate" by the employer when describing the type of comment by the dismissed broadcaster.

The word "inappropriate" connotes that it is suitable to do something in one situation and not suitable in another situation. IT IS NEVER APPROPRIATE TO CALL SOMEONE "...a silly little girl..."


Thank you,
Anthony of Belfield
Jeremy Cordeaux sacked for comments he made about Brittany Higgins
29 March 2021 - 2:36pm
https://itwire.com/networking/cisco%E2%80%99s-digital-infrastructure-built-on-ip-fabric-to-provide-increased-efficiency,-agility-and-flexibility.html is an interesting read.
Any mission critical system must not be connected to the internet due to the possibility of cyber attack. Now the predictable has happened. It hasn't happened before because programs only flowed on dedicated digital communications where the provider authorises access such as Telstra's Digital Video Network. Not being connected to the internet means it cannot be hacked unless a TV station uses computers which are also connected to the internet.

Thus playout computers must not be connected to the internet but dedicated data circuits. Ingestion can be from the internet into a separate computer. The play out computers should only be able to extract files from the ingestion computer by file names only. These files are video/audio/subtitle files and will not be .exe files which can affect the operation of the controlling computers.

It will mean that maintenance will have to be performed on site and not remotely via the internet!
NINE Network suffers cyber-attack but radio unaffected
Anthony The Koala
29 March 2021 - 1:06am
Interruption of a broadcasting by electronic intrusion into the broadcaster's facilities has been occurring for decades. For example, in the US, HBO's main program was substituted for five minutes with the intruder's message. The perpetrator was caught and prosecuted. The Wikipedia article gives more examples of interruption to broadcasts by intrusion, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadcast_signal_intrusion.

Nine's situation involved a person hacking its studio playback and distribution system https://itwire.com/networking/cisco%E2%80%99s-digital-infrastructure-built-on-ip-fabric-to-provide-increased-efficiency,-agility-and-flexibility.html.

Whether the main program was substituted with the intruder's message or in Nine's case the disruption of the program by the network's inability to transmit its program material must have knowledge of the technology used to transmit the program material in order to interrupt the broadcast.

In this case, somebody must have knowledge of the Cisco system used at the Nine Network.

Accordingly, the person who committed the latest intrusion must be apprehended. The Nine Network is correct ask for the assistance of agencies of the Federal Government specialised in cyber security,
reference, https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/nine-s-weekend-today-fails-to-air-due-serious-technical-issues-20210328-p57ep5.html .

In the physical world, broadcasters employ security guards to reduce the risk of unauthorised people from entering the broadcaster's premises. In the cyber world, more resources are needed to be spent on IP security of broadcasting equipment connected to the internet.

All of us mere mortals with devices connected to the internet have anti-virus, anti-intrusion, anti-malware and anti-spyware software. Why not businesses and public agencies?

Thank you,
Anthony of thoughtful Belfield
NINE Network suffers cyber-attack but radio unaffected
Anthony The Koala
29 March 2021 - 12:43am
Fully agree. In addition to the author's statement, how can you assume that a listener will like or KNOW all the hits that were popular for a particular era. To illustrate how many listeners of a particular demographic remember Reparata's "Captain Of Your Ship" at the same time as David Bowie's "Space Oddity" or R. B. Greaves' "Send A Message Maria"?

Then the hackneyed hits-and-memories/golden oldies/classic hits formats on air now have a narrow subset of the hits such that not all the music of a particular era for a particular demographic is off air.

As time moves on, the 'classic hits' will move into the era of the 1990s, 2000s onwards. Such formats are reflected on DAB+ channels. But not all genres of that era are reflected on these channels. An exception may be Coles radio airs contemporary, 'hits-and-memories' and electronic. The issue is that is you niche and sub-niche a category, there'll be nothing else to niche.

But as time moves on, what will the mainstream channels do to respond to listeners' tastes? The author states that the listener will remember some music and forget other music for that particular era.

I add that the listener will not want to remember the hits or never heard the hits of that era because the listener may not like the music of that era or may have emotional issues that occurred to the listener during a particular era.

Thus we cannot assume the normal stimulus-response scenario of whatever was played in the particular era will be recalled by the listener.

Consequently, the author's mention of the listener not paying any attachment to a particular song for a particular era, means that song is irrelevant.

It may well explain why people listen to talk radio, but other factors are the availability of other sources of music other than radio stations including YouTube, Spotify, iTunes and even purchasing vinyl new or used online.

Then as I said on this site, people may well have wider tastes that is provided by the broadcaster. People whom I studied with at University whose target market may well be JJJ or Nova do listen to classical music, David Bowie and the Beatles which is outside the audience of JJJ and Nova; I even overheard one first year student in the cafeteria discuss the music of Serge Ginsbourg of "Je T'Aime" fame with her friends.

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting, dynamic and thinking Belfield
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Anthony The Koala
28 March 2021 - 1:52am
Further to my comment on USQ podcasts, I went to Nova's "Powerful Stories" podcast hosted by Tory Archbold at https://www.novafm.com.au/podcast/powerful-stories-with-tory-archbold/ .

I successfully downloaded some of the podcasts and look forward to more podcasts by Tory Archbold.

There is one question:

How can these podcasts be monetised given that the products' advertisements at the start and end of the podcast are not directed to my needs or people that I know and that one can edit out the advertisements?

Thank you,
Anthony of curious Belfield

Melissa Doyle, podcast hosts and inspiring stories from FNQ feature in new podcasts
Anthony The Koala
27 March 2021 - 11:11pm
I have been to the site mentioned in this article at https://howtochangealife.podbean.com/ .

I have downloaded a podcast. When I played the mp3 file on my media player, I was expecting to see at least an image of the entity producing the podcast, the CQU and the website of of the podcast https://howtochangealife.podbean.com/.

Generally one downloads a podcast from the ABC or 2GB, the mp3 file incorporates meta-data such as the publisher, the website, the personality. Also incorporated in the mp3 file is the entity and personality and the topic.

For example, if I go to RN's "This Working Life" as at 27-03-2021 https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/this-working-life/ and download any of their programs, I will get (i) the mp3 file, (ii) when I playback the mp3 file on my media player, I see the name of the program and the program provider. Then (iii) in the meta-information within the file, usually sourced by right-clicking the file and selecting "Properties", I will see the title and program ID and source ID.

One may well ask why does one concern about meta-information on an mp3 file? Excellent question I say. If you downloaded a program from a site and then want to download more programs at a later date, it reminds the listener where to source their next episode.

Unfortunately, such information is not included in any mp3 file downloaded from the CSQ site at https://howtochangealife.podbean.com/.

In sum, the podcast producer should attach meta-information to the particular podcast including the name of the entity, the name of the program, and the name of the particular podcast,

Thank you,
Anthony of dynamic, thinking and sensible Belfield, whose local pub once employed a singing barmaid.

Melissa Doyle, podcast hosts and inspiring stories from FNQ feature in new podcasts


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