Sep 25, 2012

Radio National announces 2013 schedule; slashes jobs, programs

Radio National programs including film review show MovieTime and drama platform Airplay have been axed from the 2013 schedule to save money.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

ABC Radio National will lose seven programs and 11 staff in a cost-cutting overhaul designed to save $1 million from the station’s budget.

As foreshadowed by Crikey yesterday, radio drama program Airplay is getting axed. Other programs to get the chop from the draft 2013 schedule are MovieTime, The Book Reading, Sunday Story, Creative Instinct, Lingua Franca and The Night Air.

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7 thoughts on “Radio National announces 2013 schedule; slashes jobs, programs

  1. Paul Wilson

    I hope they put Phillip Adams out to pasture now. OK, well maybe one program a week is fine, but the endless repeats?? And restore the excellent Mark Colvin’s PM to it original length

  2. Ian Holder

    I am very upset to read ‘Lingua Franca’ has been axed; a fantastic show with a great host in Maria Zijlstra who brings a great sense of humour and a down-to-earth approach I personally find lacking in many RN programs compared to the BBC in particular, and PRI, Deutsche Welle and others service… . It is one of the few language podcasts I listen to, and the only Australian one — a big loss for me.

  3. paddy

    Bloody hell, slashing all that RN goodness, so that ABC24 can waste another million $. Such a deeply depressing business.

  4. Demas

    Yes axing fantastic programs and replacing them with more talk rubbish from the likes of Waleed Aly and Julian Morrow. “High-profile” what a joke. Who does the ABC think listens to 3RN, 20 somethings? They had a chance to turn a 3RN- a National network into something grand and they turn it into another station that employs comedians to talk crap. There is enough crap by comedians on 774 but even so ratings are in decline. Wake up ABC. You are losing the audience you have had for decades and you are not going to get the ifone generation to listen to you.

  5. Catherine

    It’s very sad to lose Airplay as it was an important platform for emerging playwrights and actors in Australia. Airplay programs were world class. RN is in danger of losing its point of difference for those of us who enjoy thoughtful, beautifully made features.

  6. Rodney Topor

    First Ramona Koval, now Julie Rigg. RN’s most intelligent and entertaining Arts critics being made redundant. Very sad for loyal listeners.


    In a way cuts are always unfortunate but these cuts seem to be the right cuts. Other than MovieTime these programs are not aimed at a broad enough audience. MovieTime is generally pretty insufferable because of Rigg’s tone of immensely pleased with herself smugness and self-satisfaction. Hopefully movie review and discussion will find other slots in the schedule.

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