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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.
 

ABC and CBC announce a creative and commercial collaboration

Monday 17 June, 2019

The ABC and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) have announced a creative and commercial collaboration that will enhance the reach and impact of their content across both countries.

The two national public broadcasters have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to co-develop English-language drama, comedy, factual, children’s and podcast content to maximise the value of their public funding for audiences and will also provide further opportunities for co-financing and format sales of drama and children’s content.

Could streaming force the ABC and SBS to merge

Wednesday 29 May, 2019

According to The Australian today, the ABC and SBS could be forced to merge as streaming services wreck the broadcast licence revenue that the government uses to fund public broadcasting.

ABC and AFTRS 2019 Selwyn Speight Scholarship winner

Wednesday 29 May, 2019

Sudanese refugee Natal Jimma has been announced as this year’s recipient of the AFTRS/ABC Selwyn Speight Diversity Scholarship.
 
The scholarship is made available through a $20,000 bequest from the late, distinguished ABC journalist Selwyn Speight.
 
Currently completing AFTRS 2019 Graduate Diploma in Radio, Natal’s interest in radio began in Sudan and includes over five years’ experience at university and community radio stations in Australia.
 

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