TV & Radio

Jan 25, 2013

Is it your ABC? Calls for Aunty to have regional quotas

Should the ABC introduce local TV production quotas to stop the trend towards centralisation? It's one issue that will be discussed at a Senate inquiry into Aunty's representation of regional Australia.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

The Tasmanian government and unions have called on the ABC to introduce BBC-style regional TV production quotas in submissions to a Senate inquiry probing Aunty’s representation of regional Australia.


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3 thoughts on “Is it your ABC? Calls for Aunty to have regional quotas

  1. Roger Clifton

    One regionalism that can heartily dump is those regional British accents on the ABC. Many of us, born in other parts of Europe or Asia do not need the extra burden of translating a distorted voice.

    And those of us trying to teach our children to speak with a region-free voice do not need our role models showing they can get away with bad speech without a clip under the ear.

    Local news, sports and business would be welcome. Parochialism would not.

  2. Holden Back

    Which regional British accents, Roger Clifton, pray tell, and what is so offensive about them if the sentence construction is grammatically correct?

    You presumably think you don’t have an accent.

  3. jmendelssohn

    Having just come back from a visit to Tasmania, I would really like to see ABC Tasmania produce a series on the Tasmanian wilderness, and the long histories of the struggle to both preserve it and to govern access to it. The landscape, flora and fauna are unique, and the fight to keep wilderness is at the heart of keeping the planet habitable for future generations.
    Other regions have similar stories. It’s variety that makes national television interesting, not homogeneity.

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