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Nov 19, 2014

Dateline purge as SBS hunts down traitors and dissidents

Dateline's 25-strong team will be reduced to a handful of permanent positions as the program moves to a half-hour format in 2015. Staff were told they wouldn't be needed next year in one-on-one meetings yesterday.



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12 thoughts on “Dateline purge as SBS hunts down traitors and dissidents

  1. aliso6

    I want to watch Dateline next year, as it is!

  2. dennis

    , and that writing it had been an act of extraordinary disloyalty. Please some one tell me I am not going insane.

  3. Blair Martin

    Carroll called for “light and shade” to change the program from being “too serious”. The only “light” is the one one can see is the light that passes through from his left ear and out his right and the only “shade” the one he places over his eyes to see what a magnificent program SBS had. Serious, worthy, on point and not beholden to an editorial point of view. All of that – gone.

  4. CML

    The dumbing down of Oz has begun!
    I suppose we will get only those international programmes which are ‘politically correct’.
    According with the views of the current government, that is. In other words, not worth watching!!

  5. BSA Bob

    Standard stuff. Reduce services, note that fewer people are using them & so reduce services… I read somewhere once that the closure of the Somerset & Dorset Railway is the textbook example.
    But I think important people want SBS & ABC kept as taxpayer funded coalition propaganda machines so some will survive.

  6. Norman Hanscombe

    What about a combined ABC/SBS entity which would mean less un-necessary duplication of staffs, and fewer of the lowbrow programmes now run to chase ratings, by competing for undiscerning viewers already catered for by media outlets not taking taxpayer moneys?
    We used to have an Aunty which did that quite well until ratings became the main game.

  7. Kevin_T

    Vale Quality Journalism!

  8. david smith

    “Next year, the 30-minute format will facilitate a full commitment to investigative journalism and rigour…” What a load of crap. Why is it that these sort of platitudes get a free run in any story without critical commentary? Would not a full commitment consist in keeping the program intact?

  9. Myriam Robin

    Hi David. I certainly didn’t mean to give SBS comments a free run. But thought given I spent a lot of time talking to people who’ve been sacked (and are rightly not very happy with SBS right now), readers should be given SBS’ justification too. Make of it what you will.

  10. Sailor

    Norman Hanscombe @ 6
    “media outlets not taking taxpayer moneys?”

    “Taxpayer moneys”??
    What about the notorious tax-dodging of Murdoch’s operations? Totally legal, so we’re assured …. but developed, by well-paid very smart tax lawyers, and costing the taxation system a huge amount. So Merde-och is not a taxpayer, that’s for sure. He does not contribute enough to Australia’s tax take at all compared to the profits his companies make overall. Nor much to any other country’s tax-take if he can avoid it, which he seems to be successful at.

    You might have a point about combined “back office” staff, but what about the Lieberal party, when last in government, stacking ministers’ offices with “advisors” and “publicity officers”? Not much job-sharing, cost-shaving, and staff reduction there. Not at all.

    One of the little gems that came to light after the 2007 election was the amount of money spent on advertising by the Howard governments, for instance. Allegedly “not party political” advertising, but that claim was in the same class as “Weapons of Mass Destruction”, “Kids Overboard” and “We knew nothing about the AWB payments to Sadam Hussein”

    “Small government’ was just a buzz-word then, if measured against the reality of huge increases in (for instance) PMC staffing + overall ad budget.

    All on taxpayers’ money.

    So the successors to Howard’s mob are demanding what they refused to deliver, then and now? Typical.

  11. AR

    If the 24 pictured were on “$100K+pa” then that is at least $2.5M freed up to buy dross o/s to plump up a 30 min prog.
    Where have we seen a similar strategy recently..oh, yeah, Fairfux shedding journos. as an entirely unnecessary expense for the suburban lifestyle throwaway that the SMH has been for the last, too many years.
    I hope Wokka is enjoying his xtian commune – he needs forgiveness by the shovelfull.


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