The easy response to the ABC's decision to axe its Tasmanian television production is to criticise it, which is what plenty right up to Stephen Conroy have done. The ABC is supposed to be a national broadcaster, not a Sydney/Melbourne broadcaster. Its presence is disproportionately important in production in smaller cities. And it's a terrible time of year for the 16 ABC staff who may lose their jobs.

All true, especially the last one for the ABC staff who face losing their jobs. But there's a very strong case for the ABC axeing its own in-house production capacity where it's inefficient and replacing it with outsourced capacity.