Some answers come through to the
questions posed by the ABC’s pursuit of ratings in yesterday’s Crikey
Daily: “What in hell’s name are the ABC Local Radio Awards? What do
they cost? Who approved them? What purpose do they serve except as an
expensive round of back slapping and self-congratulation?”

sources say the price tag for this knees-up is between $250,000 and
$500,000. We’re told that the awards have existed for five years or so,
but are cunningly disguised in budgets for training, panels and the
ubiquitous “workshops.” More news as it comes to hand.