September 19, 2009

there’s a new place to go to get all your news on the ABC.

ABC TV Blog is the new official blog for all news and info on the ABC.

It also contains links to the ABC facebook and Twitter pages, to give you even more opportunities to follow the ABC online.

So go there, now!

This blog will no longer be updated.


Breakfast, with Virginia and Peter

June 14, 2008

Excellent news!

The ABC has confirmed that the ABC’s new breakfast news programme ‘Breakfast’ will begin screening on ABC2 in September.

The programme, to be broadcast out of Melbourne, will be presented by award winning journalists Virginia Trioli and Peter Lyoyd.

The programme will broadcast Monday to Friday from 6am until 10am – far longer than the programmes rivals, and that’s before factoring a lack of ads into the equation!

Of course, ABC2 still has a small audience, only 40% of households can even receive it. But all that will change over the next 5 years and soon Breakfast will be able to be enjoyed by everyone.

It will also be a testing ground for the ABC’s new Continuous News Centre – with the hope that the programme will eventually morph into ABC4 – a 24 hour news channel.  

Lateline Cleared…but the rats keep chewing

June 14, 2008

Lateline was cleared this week by the ABC’s independent complaints review panel over 30 points of complaint regarding their expose of child sexual abuse in remote Aboriginal communities. 

The complaint, all part of an attempt by some with ulterior motives to prevent the reporting of this important issue have not taken their defeat lying down.

Chris Graham, from the National Indigenous Times newspaper, was at it again on this week, suggesting that the ABC independent review panel was not independent at all.

When posters on the site criticised this baseless suggestion, he deomonstrated MacBeth style paranoia and refused to respond to arguments levelled against him. Truly spectacular to see.

In fact, the only complaint upheld was that a piece of footage should have displayed the tag ‘file footage’.   

Quelle surprise indeed!

You’re watching Breakfast, with Virginia Trioli

May 4, 2008

whispers are that Virginia Trioli will host the new ABC Breakfast news programme on ABC2. If she does it will mean saying goodbye to Lateline (NO!) and possibly Sunday Arts (NOOOOO!) …as well as a return to Melbourne, from where the show will be produced.

If anyone can make it a success, VIrginia can. But how will she cope with the early starts?

SHOCK! ABC News unbiased!

May 4, 2008

Well colour me completely unsurprised.

As we all knew, ABC News is NOT biased. The new ‘Director of Editorial Content’ AKA the Chief Censor Paul Chadwick has completed a recent study into the accuracy of three of the ABC’s key news pogrammes: AM, The World Today and PM.

He found that 95.3% of stories were wholly or substantially accurate as to facts, while 97.3% were wholly or substantially accurate as to context.

So there you go.

Meanwhile, we are still waiting for ANY evidence from the ABC detractors (i.e. their chief competitor, News Ltd)  as to the presence of bias. But it seems that this will not be forthcoming. Instead, News Ltd is content to continue their weekly articles simply declaring the existing of bias throughout the organsiation. Interesting form of ‘argument’, isn’t it?

ABC Local Radio Awards Winners

May 4, 2008

Below is the complete list of winners from this years ABC Local Radio awards. Congratulations to all the winners!

Station of the Year (Metropolitan)
666 ABC Canberra

Station of the Year (Regional)
630 ABC North Queensland

Broadcaster of the Year
Red Symons – 774 ABC Melbourne

Rural Reporter of the Year
Kim Honan – ABC Mid North Coast

Sports Broadcaster of the Year
Quentin Hull – general coverage

Online Feature of the Year (joint winners)
Fiona Churchman & Ping Lo (for Stolen Generation)
Kim Honan for – Eating Close to Home: The Locavore Challenge 

Website of the Year
Nick Kittel & Ping Lo for

Local Program of the Year (Metropolitan & Networked)
Mornings with Madonna King – 612 ABC Brisbane

Local Program of the Year (Regional)
Drive with Roisin McCann – ABC Northern Tasmania

Outstanding Coverage of a Local Story or Emergency (by an Individual, Program or Station)
1233 ABC Newcastle for (The June Long Weekend Storms 2007) 

The Paul Bodington Award for an Outstanding Radio Feature/Package by an Individual
Phil Ashley-Brown, 702 ABC Sydney for (Stella’s Lung Transplant) 

Outside Broadcast of the Year (Metropolitan)
Breakfast with Adam Spencer, 702 ABC Sydney – World in Sydney

Outside Broadcast of the Year (Regional)
Northern Territory Country Hour – Outback Odyssey

Community Event of the Year
Heywire in Canberra 2008

Promotions Producer of the Year
Andrew Taylor – 774 ABC Melbourne & ABC Local Radio Victoria

Producer of the Year
Brad McCahon – 720 ABC Perth

Best New Talent on Local Radio (joint winners)
Andy Muirhead – 936 ABC Hobart
Ping Lo – 666 ABC Canberra

Marketing Campaign of the Year
Natalene Muscat & Felicity Greenland, 774 ABC Melbourne (100% Pure Footy Finals)

Vale John Cargher

May 1, 2008

The incredibly talented and much loved ABC Radio presenter, JOhn Cargher, has passed away at the age of 89.

Mr Cargher had only just recorded his final edition of ‘Singers of Renown’, the hugely popular music programme on Radio National which he had hosted for more than 40 years.

He will be much missed. May he rest in peace.