PM set to present credentials to Her Majesty at Ultimo Palace

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  1. C.L. says:

    Word has reached Diary that Anthony Albanese will make his first trip as Prime Minister to visit ABC chair Ita Buttrose at Aunty’s Ultimo headquarters next week, and the mail out of Canberra is that he’ll come bearing gifts for the public broadcaster.

    Diary can reveal that Albanese will visit Ultimo on Friday week, with the visit including his attendance at a gala ABC 90th birthday dinner at Studio 22 (which, as the long-term Sydney home of the ABC’s flagship panel show Q+A, has for years been a familiar stomping ground for Albo).

    We’re told the PM will use the visit and a keynote address at the dinner to formally announce that the government will “protect the ABC” and provide “funding certainty”, largely by moving from a three-year to a five-year funding cycle for the public broadcaster. The government’s reasoning is that this move will take the ABC’s funding out of the election cycle and beyond a likely 2025 federal poll. We’re told Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon will be seated with Buttrose and ABC managing director David Anderson.

    Apart from celebrating the ABC’s 90 years so far, the PM will argue that the move away from triennial funding will “safeguard” it against political interference.

    While the country’s new-ish first couple will be the star attractions at the dinner, all sides of Australian politics will attend. From the Labor side, apart from Albo, Communications Minister Michelle Rowland will be there, with Arts Minister Tony Burke also on the invitation list. From the Coalition side, both Rowland’s predecessor Paul Fletcher (now opposition spokesman for science and the arts) and opposition spokeswoman for communications Sarah Henderson will be present. The Greens will send along Parliamentary Friends of the ABC member Sarah Hanson-Young, while Helen Haines will represent independent MPs.

    There is also said to be an array of past ABC heavyweights, led by former chair Donald McDonald and ex-managing director Mark Scott, along with Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron, Sydney Symphony Orchestra chair Geoff Wilson and Australia Council for the Arts CEO Adrian Collette.

    ABC on-air personalities will include 7.30 host Sarah Ferguson, Insiders’ David Speers, Alan Kohler, Geraldine Doogue and Fran Kelly.

    It’s likely, we’re told, that in confirming its protection of the ABC, Albo’s address is also likely to take a few barbed shots at previous Coalition administrations led by Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull, and the famously fractious relationship they had with the public broadcaster – most notably numerous letters of complaint from the successive Coalition governments.

  2. Boambee John says:

    Malcolm Turnbull, and the famously fractious relationship they had with the public broadcaster

    If Turdball’s relationship (and that of his leather jacket) with Their ABC was “fractious”, I shudder to think of what a warm relationship might have looked like.

  3. Boambee John says:

    Bruce of N

    The terms are not acceptable. Any program on Their ABC that has been switched off by 90% or more of the population must be permanently switched off, and replaced by a program that attracts more viewers. That is, under 10% of the viewing audience, bye, bye.

    Those terms are acceptable.

  4. Not Trampis says:

    Alas CL is relying on old news yet again.

    The ABC is not and has never attempted to get ratings per se. That is why it is the ABC. Who do you think do public service announcements when there are floods or fires?

    It has always has the most reliable and accurate news and always will. The commercial channels drool about this

  5. Boambee John says:

    Non Mentis

    The ABC is not and has never attempted to get ratings per se. That is why it is the ABC.

    But it did at least attempt to present the news impartially. Not now.

    Who do you think do public service announcements when there are floods or fires?

    Text messages from emergency services are both quicker and more reliable these days. Even so, if you make an argument for Their ABC to be reduced to a source of emergency service messages, it might provide a useful supplement to more modern technology.

    It has always has the most reliable and accurate news and always will. The commercial channels drool about this

    ROFLMAO. Only in your (wet) dreams.

  6. twostix says:

    Who do you think do public service announcements when there are floods or fires?

    Government agencies on Twitter and Facebook followed closely by people on the ground at the actual scene, then retard media organisations a distant last.

  7. Old Lefty says:

    Meanwhile the ABC has from Brisbane yet another breathless expose of child abuse. Guess where? A Catholic school, Nudgee Colle, complete of course with religious insignias displayed for sneering. Not to mention that the brother in question was convicted and sentenced years ago.

    I hold no brief for what passes for a Catholic school system nowadays, but the hypocrisy and political slant are breathtaking. Where, for example, are the similar exposes of the pederast orgies ABC legend Bill Hurrey, his ABC mates and others in Brisbane’s pervert underground used to host, with boys supplied from government orphanages by corrupt police? Where is the account of the prolific offending of state school teacher and leftist Labor MP Bill D’Arcy, for whom Beattie went to the High Court to protect the education department from liability, and to whom his government kept paying a parliamentary pension? It would, of course, be unseemly to mention such things.

  8. Not Trampis says:

    you people are dense.
    In an emergency people listen to the radio. we know from the bushfire RC the mobile phones did not work.
    Even if they were working not every phone can get text messages nor is registered. on the other hand everyone is listening to the ABC to get the latest news and directions

  9. Boambee John says:

    Non Mentis

    Suuuuuure, whatever you say, oh great polymath genius who failed pre-school.

  10. twostix says:

    In an emergency people listen to the radio.

    hahaha, ok boomer.

  11. and says:

    It [the ABC] has always has the most reliable and accurate news and always will. The commercial channels drool about this

    Snot, you’re hilarious.

  12. and says:

    Snot, you’re hilarious.

    You could start a travelling show. Call it something like… Snot So. Your constant comedic partner could be Propsero.

  13. Tel says:

    Who do you think do public service announcements when there are floods or fires?

    You obviously don’t know anything about such announcements … else you would already know the urgent ones go out via mobile phone networks using the emergency SMS broadcast facility (part of all Aus networks) and the non-urgent messages are all up on the various Internet pages (e.g. RFS link below).

    https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me

    The ABC has long been obsolete for such purposes.

    Anyone who lives in a rural area already knows this. Heck, I only recently moved out of town and I already figured it out. Besides that, most areas have a local FM radio station that’s better if you want to listen to local updates.

  14. Tel says:

    Text messages from emergency services are both quicker and more reliable these days.

    Ahhh, you typed faster than I did.

    Even so, if you make an argument for Their ABC to be reduced to a source of emergency service messages, it might provide a useful supplement to more modern technology.

    No no, they would take the money and spend it on something else.

    Point is that these days you have two completely separate things: the communications service (i.e. how to transport information around) and also the content (i.e. what to transport). Once the ABC had quite a good physical infrastructure for radio broadcast, but today there are many better options. Since digital radio and digital TV have come out, there has been far more available channel space than anyone knows what to do with.

    In terms of content, the ABC aren’t great, and getting info direct from the relevant source without editorializing is guaranteed better … we simply don’t need news gatekeepers anymore. A small, local FM radio station is more likely to be staffed by people who live in the area, and actually care about local content. Then again, even a community Facebook page is generally better than the ABC.

  15. Shy Ted says:

    Will they argue over splitting the bill?

  16. Old Lefty says:

    If the Australian people had as much faith in ABC news and current affairs as the ABC ”s taxpayer-funded cheer squad claim, no political candidate to the right of Daniel Andrews would ever get a single vote from one end of the country to the other. Even Andrews is a bit suspect among the ABC worker soviet for bourgeois deviationism.

  17. Boambee John says:

    Tel

    Even so, if you make an argument for Their ABC to be reduced to a source of emergency service messages, it might provide a useful supplement to more modern technology.

    No no, they would take the money and spend it on something else.

    Sorry, I was too subtle. My intent was to reduce Their ABC to only an emergency service system. Everything else they do is already available on the Web or other broadcast services.

  18. jupes says:

    If you rely on the ABC for news, you will be literally dumber after each broadcast.

  19. Boambee John says:

    jupes says:
    25 July, 2022 at 11:05 pm
    If you rely on the ABC for news, you will be literally dumber after each broadcast.

    Clear evidence: all comments by Non Mentis.

  20. Jannie says:

    Boambee:

    Any program on Their ABC that has been switched off by 90% or more of the population must be permanently switched off.

    Fair enough, but I think the ABC has a plan to keep the Program and replace 90% or more of the population.

    Bertolt Brecht said something like that about the USSR.

  21. Boambee John says:

    Jannie says:
    26 July, 2022 at 12:54 pm
    Boambee:

    Any program on Their ABC that has been switched off by 90% or more of the population must be permanently switched off.

    Fair enough, but I think the ABC has a plan to keep the Program and replace 90% or more of the population.

    Bertolt Brecht said something like that about the USSR.

    The likely replacements are unlikely to show any great enthusiasm for current ABC programming. And they are much more likely to be willing to take action to stop it.

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