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Leonie Quick
25 June 2018 - 10:25pm
I was filling in a form through a very important government agency and had to choose from a selection, my status. I could not choose wife. I had to choose partner. I was devestated! I could not believe after being called "the wife" by me old man, after all these years. I was unaustralian. I am now his politically correct, partnerrrr! How acceptable is that.
I thought the wedding made us husband and wife until death intervened.Not the do-gooders and the politically correct.Iam proud to be the wife of a good honest down to earth aussie husband. I went to select and took other...then described other as wife. Is it illegal to change the status of a married couple without formal arrangement? I wonder.
Christian Argenti takes back the night
Anthony The Koala
25 June 2018 - 5:58pm
As I have said elsewhere, if you have to make cuts, this is what I would do:
(a) Move Classic FM to DAB and DVB, BUT switch off the transmitters and save energy.
(b) Do you really need high powered 50kW transmitters in Sydney or other metro where other stations survive successfully on 5kW and 2kW.
(c) Amalgamate channels 22 and 23 of ABC-DVB.
(d) Flatten the hierarchy to those who do the work. It appears that there are too many managers. Many commercial commentators make plausible and valid comments on how many people it takes to run a radio program. I am aware based someone I knew at Gore Hill at the time of the large industrial dispute in the early 1990s there were more managers than people actually doing the work. To quote Mr Jon Faine, 21-06-2018 (Radioinfo), Mr Jon Faine's frustration of "....frankly I’m sick of getting it ripped apart because of the failure of our managers,”

(e) Whatever cuts, leave RN alone.

For all those years that I have followed the ABC since childhood, every time that the ABC made cuts, it affected programming more so than other areas. Maybe doing the above will not affect programming.

Thank you
Anthony of Belfield
Rumours of station axing and mergers at ABC denied by management
24 June 2018 - 3:58pm
Spot on Steve. Few months back consigned my radio receiver to the 'Museum', As for TV no FTA due to bad digital reception. So all 'radio + tv + whatever' comes by the internet. Wonder what non-DAB radio receiver sales would be now a days! Old ‘Radio Listening’ measurement charts no longer tell the full story
Anthony The Koala
22 June 2018 - 7:57am
First this is not a comment about MD Michelle Guthrie, but rather a comment on how managing directors or higher management is appointed not only in the ABC but in other corporations. Having followed the ABC since childhood and how its MDs are appointed, there has never been one MD (from the 1970s onwards) appointed from within the organization. I can presume that higher level managers have been appointed externally without having worked in the organization.

The effects of external appointments are twofold.

One is that workers within the organization with aspirations for higher level responsibilities are locked out of the 'game'. Those in lower ranked positions with suitable qualifications have the opportunity to move up a level. With these external appointments it may well create a lot of disappointment amongst workers who aspire for greater responsibility and reward but their expectations for higher level responsibility is thwarted because of external appointments.

Two, one of the disadvantages of external appointments is no corporate memory of the culture and the dos and don'ts of an organization. This may explain the frustration of Mr Jon Faine's frustration of "....frankly I’m sick of getting it ripped apart because of the failure of our managers,” because they may well be externally appointed. I need more evidence for that.

There may well be a need to change the culture and external appointments may be necessary. But then aren't there people within an organization with a vision to change the culture and practices? That is beyond the scope of my response.

If I had it my way, I would flatten the hierarchical structures of the ABC. That would save money. I have said elsewhere, that I knew a person who worked at the ABC during the large industrial dispute in the early 1990s who said that they recently employed more managers than people doing the actual work. That may go against my earlier statement of promotional prospects for higher positions. I qualify it by promotions for productive work. The ABC is not the only organisation.

In sum, productive managers and the MD should be employed from within to cater for highly motivated and aspiring staff from within. Appointments from within may reduce the frustrations of lack of corporate memory created by upper management encountered by Mr Faine. In addition flattening the hierarchy to productive jobs increases efficiency resulting in lowering costs.

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting Belfield

ABC continues campaign to fight funding freeze
21 June 2018 - 10:57pm
Domayne, Harveys and National Tiles - well there's some "quality" listening experience right there.

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Anthony The Koala
19 June 2018 - 7:08am
As I have said on other other fora, if the Talking Sport format does not give sufficient returns and resorts to a music format, please-oh-please not another hackneyed "hits and memories"/"classic hits"/"golden oldies" format. The market is too crowded in Sydney alone. I presume more so in Brisbane and Melbourne.

MML's management should take a deep breath, and research another format that is not necessarily "cookie cutter" and predictable. It may well incorporate elements of a "hits and memories" format, but why not incorporate other artists who are popular yet get little airplay, for example Josh Groban, Mark Vincent, even Lady Gaga (in the style of Tony Bennett) or Amy Winehouse (RIP). Elements of country music as played by market leader 2GB's Mr Ray Hadley could be incorporated in the new format.
Widening the scope of the music format also ensures that there is a significant Australian contribution to the music repertoire.

Again I stress the word research and that the research should not be one that provides confirmation-biased answers.

Anthony of exciting Belfield
Fair Go, Sport. Macquarie needs a goal
18 June 2018 - 5:27pm
'Sport' in Drive has been standard fare in news-talk radio for 4 decades. So no surprise there has been listener growth compared to 'Talking Lifestyle' in Drive. Sport in other weekday parts = hopeless! Fair Go, Sport. Macquarie needs a goal
18 June 2018 - 12:05pm
Amen, to both Anthony The Koala and Peter The Non-Koala.
Why the ABC will never be ‘Fair and Balanced.’ And won’t be sold either.
monday expert
18 June 2018 - 8:30am
Great read, Brad. Any sports success will need a mountain of Macquarie patience and, after the short-lived lifestyle experiment, I'm not sure they have enough. I hope music makes a return, in Brisbane at least. Fair Go, Sport. Macquarie needs a goal
Anthony The Koala
18 June 2018 - 6:20am

Limiting what is discussed is not healthy for any nation, I have to admit I enjoy listening to commercial radio such as 2GB. 2GB does very well raise the concerns of the ordinary citizenry in areas such as power prices, the state of our national debt and the allocation of scarce resources for rebuilding stadia instead of education. At the same time the ABC has in depth discussions on our economy, the workplace, the arts, the sciences (there are several science programs on RN) , Indigenous people, religion and life in general. In addition ABC shows have recourse to 'experts' or 'specialists' more so than commercial media with opinion makers from think tanks.

Two, if the ABC is privatised, will that affect the diversity of opinions and program content. I doubt that a privatised ABC TV will broadcast "Marriage At First Sight" or "The Price Is Right". Similarly I doubt a privatised ABC Radio will be similar to 2GB or commercial FM.

At the same time, there are commercial classical FM music stations broadcasting in the US. Perhaps one need to look at the experience of New Zealand's broadcasting system where TV One and Radio New Zealand were once government-owned. One could also ask whether the New Zealand citizen is well informed.

In conclusion, I would not like to see the closure of the ABC, nor do I want to see RN disappear. On the other hand, if a future government wants to privatise the ABC, it had better be very careful as to the program content and whether stations such as RN would survive being a commercial station. A future government may well look at New Zealand's privatised national TV and radio broadcasters.

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting Belfield
Why the ABC will never be ‘Fair and Balanced.’ And won’t be sold either.


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