ABC To Sell Shops?

April 19, 2008


A bizarre and worrying rumour has emerged.

Crikey is reporting that the ABC is secretly planning to sell off it’s 40+ ABC Shops, possibly to Dymocks, which already operate some of the more than 60 ‘ABC Centres’, within their bookshops.

Such a move seems ridiculous. Why would you sell off the only aspect of the Corporation which makes, rather than spends, money?

Could it perhaps be an identification by ABC Commercial Head Lynley Marshall of the inefficiency and poor management quality of those at the top of the ABC Shop hierarchy? Possibly. Or could she have lookd at the BBC Shops, which were recently closed in favour of an online store? Already ABC Shop Online makes more profit per annum than any other ABC Shop, with the exception of the flagship ‘Queen Victoria Building’ store in Sydney’s CBD.

This news comes on top of the plan to outsource production staff at the ABC (which Crikey estimates could involve the sacking of around 800 staff). The ABC will certainly be a far leaner organisation if these plans come to fruition…but will it be for the better in the long run?  


ABC Fiction Award Winner Announced

April 19, 2008

ABC Fiction Award

A thought-provoking fantasy novel offering a highly imaginative perspective on Jesus, betrayal and death has won the 2008 ABC Fiction Award.

The winner of this year’s ABC Fiction Award is Adelaide-based high-school teacher Kain Massin. His novel God for the Killing follows the story of heroine Judith, who was snatched from Nazareth as a child and trained as an assassin by the Romans. Judith finds herself in Judaea 30 AD. charged with a mission to kill the new Messiah, whom she soon learns is actually Joshua, her childhood sweetheart.

Beating 400 entries, God for the Killing was selected by four judges who unanimously agreed upon God for the Killing as the winning entrant for 2008. The judges this year were Lindy Burns, Luke Davies, Murray Waldren and Jo Mackay. 
God for the Killing will be published later in 2008 by ABC Books and Kain will receive his cheque for $10,000 and the Award from Mark Scott, ABC Managing Director, at a function in Sydney on Tuesday 22 April.

(Source: ABC Media Release)