Jul 16, 2014

Media briefs: ABC departures … you’re fired … Jones’ death …

In the wake of yesterday's announcement that the English-language division of Radio Australia will be shut down, we now know some of the names of the journalists who will lose their jobs. Plus other media tidbits of the day ...

Radio nowhere. The first casualties from the ABC's decision to axe its English-language division of Radio Australia have begun to trickle in. Radio Australia morning show host Phil Kafcaloudes has announced on Facebook that his show has been dumped after nine years on air, and AsiaPacific host Sen Lam has also lost his current affairs show. Kafcaloudes' Facebook post reads:
"So sorry to announce that my show and my wonderful team have been cut as a result of the cuts to Australia Network. After many years and much learning and caring by the ABC, we will be leaving. My Radio Australia Morning Show finishes up its 9 year run, during which time we have had some wonderful experiences and built friendships in our audience. So to you Mendricks Angat in PNG, Suorsdey Richter, from Phnom Penh, Jon F. Morgan in Siem Reap, Robin in Honiara, John in California, and the many others, it has been great speaking with you every morning. My thoughts also go to my good friend Sen Lam, who has also lost his premier current affairs show, AsiaPacific. To other people affected, like our music producer Kim Taylor, and the fabulous technical off-siders like Jill Scanlon, I will miss our round-tables and insights. This is especially regrettable given that the Fiji and Solomon Islands elections are coming up. We were looking forward to giving our audiences the kind of information they don't always get from their own media. There are many broken hearts today in Radio Australia and Australia Network TV. But it's been an honour, good friends. Phil xx"
Radio Australia and Australia Network Canberra correspondent Karen Barlow has also been shown the door, and in a recent tweet she draws attention to colleagues Stephanie March (India correspondent), Del Irani (Talk About It presenter), Helen Brown (Indonesia correspondent), Auskar Surbakti (Asia-Pacific correspondent) and Girish Sawlani (international correspondent) ...

Karen Barlow

Radio Australia will continue to be streamed 24/7 online, despite the loss of many of its journalists. The Australia Network will be replaced by a six-hour regional broadcast into the Pacific, for which content will be sourced from other ABC programs and the ABC’s syndication partners. The hatreds we forgot. Yesterday we published a list of 50 things The Australian loves to hate -- one for every glorious year the august organ has been with us. But, with rising horror as the day wore on, we realised there were many, many things we had missed! Worse was the fact that everyone took the list to be ordered -- in all honesty, we just slapped it together. Here are some of the names that should have been on there. Neil Chenoweth, who for decades has been tormenting the Oz and News Corp, was clearly a glaring omission. From a February editorial: "Fairfax Media chief executive Greg Hywood needs to act now to salvage the reputation of The Australian Financial Review in the business community before it is completely shredded by the deranged output of senior reporter Neil Chenoweth." And what of a certain environmental crusader, Tim Flannery? Or law professor Larissa Behrendt, who was accused in the pages of the Australian (and in other News Corp papers) of playing up her Aboriginal background? Point being, there's plenty of names to go around, and we're very sorry we missed some big ones! Reporting on death. Indigenous group Deadly Vibe issued a statement last night about the death of founder Gavin Jones:
"The family of Gavin Jones requests that all media do not speculate on the circumstances regarding his passing. "At this difficult time, they ask that theirs and Gavin's privacy be respected."
Most media reports of his death included details about the organisation's recent funding cut, with the federal government withdrawing funding worth as much as $400,000. The Guardian mentioned the fact that the government had withdrawn funding, but the headline made no link between the two: "Deadly Awards founder Gavin Jones has died aged 47". The article is a fairly straight obituary. But Fairfax was much more explicit, heavily implying that Jones took his own life because of the funding cuts. The headline on The Age and Sydney Morning Herald is now "Deadly Awards founder Gavin Jones dies after funding cut", but a Google search reveals the link was even more explicit in the original headline ...

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5 thoughts on “Media briefs: ABC departures … you’re fired … Jones’ death …

  1. paddy

    Another huge loss to the ABC is the sacking of Shawn Dorney.
    Via Phillip Adams on Twitter.

  2. T.D.G.

    It is truly remarkable that they have sacked Sean Dorney. It shows just how hard the ABC’s Pacific services are being hit.
    The Abbott cuts will not be easily reversed by any future government – you cannot simply replace people who have decades of experience in specialised fields such as reporting on the Pacific.

  3. Recalcitrant.Rick

    Another step in the dumbing down of Australia by these MORONIC, NEO-CON, LIBERTARIANS! No belief in society, no virtue in anything they don’t understand, and that includes Economics, Science and Culture, They are a pack of ……. (insert your own words here)

  4. paddy

    Deepest apologies to *Sean* Dorney. (Of all the names to get wrong.) *Hangs head in shame.

  5. Liamj

    The decimation of RA is of a piece with the LNPs cowardly attitude to Asia, climate change, change in general.. “if we can’t see it/hear about it, it doesn’t exist, it don’t matter”.

    I’ll miss Sen Lam the most, but all of the sackees should know that their excellent work rolling back white australian inbredness is only paused, not lost.

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