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Aussie Aussie Aussie
6 July 2018 - 2:51pm
We've already got an Oz Music internet radio station operation 24/7 playing only Australian Music, new and classic.

Ironically it's called Australian Made Music.

Local music focus for new SA internet radio station
5 July 2018 - 10:04am
A terrible loss. He was an S.A. legend. Vale Jeff Sunderland
4 July 2018 - 5:39pm
Dr Nettlefold said "Journalists have traditionally been gate-keepers of information, but in the interactive media environment their role is being expanded to include much-needed guidance to audiences and readers.”

What absolute academic twaddle. Journalists are supposed to report news, something today's crop consistently fails to do because they don't seem to know the difference between "reporting facts", "analysis" and "opinion".
ABC and University of Tasmania national conference to explore public's declining trust in media
Eugene Delargy
2 July 2018 - 4:13pm
Commercial licensees claim their move to FM will reduce infrastructure costs.

Quite strange a community station would be keen on moving to AM. When will the 'radiothons' or requests to the Commonwealth begin to pay for the increased transmission cost?
3YB and Vision Australia swap radio bands
Anthony The Koala
29 June 2018 - 2:12pm
I fully agree about the issue of high power transmitters but disagree about the issue of podcasts produced by the ABC being a competitive advantage over the commercial stations.

As I have said elsewhere, the ABC could reduce its costs by (i) switching off ABC-fm and transferring the contents to DAB and DVB with a higher data rate. Digital transmission is not an anathema to ABC-fm. When ABC-fm started in 1976 in Collinswood, Adelaide, the national distribution of ABC-fm's signal was digitally transmitted via Telecom Australia's (Telstra) cables. Pure digital. At the capital cities, the digital signals were converted to analogue to be fed into the VHF transmitters. So ABC-fm going digital is not new. Therefore save power and move to DAB and DVB. (ii)The second reason is also about transmitters. If commercial radio stations whether metro or rural can cope with 2kW and 5kW AM transmitters, the ABC could wind down the 50kW transmitters to 2kW and 5kW in the metropolitan and rural areas.

I fully disagree with the concerns by CRA in regards to "aggressive cross-promotion" of its programs. If you listen to RN, you can hear something, "listen to the XYZ program on Sundays at 0830 or download the podcast". Commercial stations such as MML's 2GB and 2UE promote their podcasts of interviews.

CRA's concerns about the ABC promoting the unsolved murder mystery of "Maria James" being aggressively promoted through its webpages and channels is unfounded. The same could be said about the ABC using Google Ads and Facebook to promote itself on the internet. The cross promotion of programs is not new in commercial radio. The ABC has woken up about cross promoting its programs. One could say that the ABC promoting its programs via Google and Facebook is a very smart and economic allocation of its resources over traditional newspapers and outdoor advertising. Commercial radio stations also have websites and Facebook pages. They too should put podcasts of their programs and/or segments and use Google and Facebook to promote their product.

It seems to me that the lack of action of (some) commercial broadcasters in regards to promotion, cross promotion and aggressive marketing of its radio stations on the internet and its program podcasts is not an excuse to say that the ABC is not "competitively neutral"'. Before the internet, commercial radio stations aggressively promoted themselves on public transport at railway platforms, the back of buses, billboards, bus shelters, billboards and newspapers.

The internet is the new medium and commercial radio stations should have the foresight like the ABC to promote and cross promote its station and programs.

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting Belfield
ABC promoting its own contents - not new.
CRA lodges submission to competitive neutrality inquiry into the national broadcasters
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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