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ABC Radio's Speaking Out celebrates 30 years of giving a voice to Indigenous Australians

Wednesday 01 July, 2020

ABC Radio's Indigenous flagship program Speaking Out celebrates 30 years of giving a voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the national stage.

The program, which first went to air on 1 July 1990, is the nation’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program produced and presented by Indigenous broadcasters.

Hundreds of ABC casual staff have been offered permanent positions

Tuesday 23 June, 2020

The Age is reporting that the ABC has offered hundreds of permanent roles to casual staff even as it prepares to make more than 200 staff redundant because of a budget freeze imposed by the Morrison government.
The positions have been offered as the ABC moves toward unveiling its five-year strategic plan, which could be as early as tomorrow.

ABC pays over $12 million in backpay to staff

Friday 19 June, 2020
The ABC has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman, and has paid back $11.9 million to more than 1,800 current and former casual staff.
The payment follows an investigation that was launched after the ABC reported to the FWO that it had found instances where casual employees had not received entitlements under its enterprise agreements.

Sally Sara takes on The World Today

Monday 15 June, 2020

The ABC has today named Sally Sara as the new presenter for radio current affairs flagship The World Today after its long-time host, the highly respected Eleanor Hall, announced she was stepping down from the role.

Sara is an award-winning journalist who has reported from more than 40 countries as an ABC foreign correspondent, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone, and says she is delighted to be taking on the role, “I started my journalistic career in radio and I’m passionate about it.

Over 200 jobs could go at the ABC

Wednesday 10 June, 2020

ABC staff have received an email from Managing Director, David Anderson, asking staff to volunteer for redundancies with more than 200 jobs now forecast to go.
The budget cut of $84 million is expected to make severe cuts and Anderson has confirmed that he will outline the response to the looming shortfall by the end of the month, telling staff, "The budget gap of $41 million per annum means that despite our best efforts some of our services will be affected and, regrettably, there will be redundancies.

Anderson and top ABC executives accept a pay cut

Thursday 21 May, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced ABC managing director, David Anderson, and other executives to take a pay cut.
According to the SMH, Mr Anderson told staff in an email Wednesday that, by his own request, he will not only take a 5 per cent pay cut, but will also reject a planned 2 per cent pay increase, and that the reduction will remain in place until September.

ABC keeps the arts alive at home for all Australians

Friday 01 May, 2020

With the lights out in theatres and concert halls due to COVID-19, the ABC is bringing the best of the arts home to all Australians with performances by our leading arts and music companies, alongside new radio programs and arts documentaries. 

Applications open for $100,000 Heywire Youth Innovation Grants

Tuesday 14 April, 2020

Regional communities are being encouraged to apply for funding from the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR) to kick start projects developed at the 2020 ABC Heywire Regional Youth Summit, held in Canberra earlier in the year.
More than 50 young people from across Australia came together at the summit to generate ideas aimed at making regional Australia an even better place to live for younger Australians.

ABC Grandstand kicks on for sports lovers

Thursday 09 April, 2020

In response to the suspension of live sport, ABC Grandstand has introduced a range of new radio programs to keep sports fans entertained and up-to-date. 
The Head of ABC Sport, Nick Morris, said there was still a huge interest in quality, engaging sports content.  “We can’t replace live sport, but we can give sports fans a place to go where they can get involved in sport conversations and keep informed of the latest sport news.”


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