Nov 21, 2014

What we will lose when state 7.30 reports are cut

Glen Fuller, University of Canberra assistant professor, and Andrew Nardi, journalism and communications student, delve into the content that will be missed when state 7.30 reports go off the air.

In order to cope with the recently announced cuts to the ABC and SBS budgets, the Friday night state editions of the ABC’s 7.30 current affairs program are set to be cut. It’s been reported that as a “face-saving exercise”, local editions will be replaced by an extended 40-minute Sunday night state news broadcast. Some journalist staff will be retained, but savings are being sought by dismantling the fixed infrastructure and staff production costs. If the local editions of 7.30 are scrapped, what will actually be lost for the communities that the local editions service?

To get a sense of what these cuts will actually mean, we have carried out a brief analysis of all content from each of the separate local editions of 7.30 from January to June 2014.

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5 thoughts on “What we will lose when state 7.30 reports are cut

  1. zut alors

    In Brisbane (as in Adelaide) we are a one-newspaper city hence the flow of information is strenuously edited to Murdoch interests in the print media.

    Commercial TV does not cover any political stories/interviews in depth. The typical 10 second response grabs for which politicians have now been TV-news trained are our only source of state reporting in an evening bulletin filled 50% with sports news. The state version of 7.30 provided valuable interviews relevant to Queensland. We have merely local ABC radio remaining for detailed interviews.

    The dumbing down of our society is in full swing & taking effect. Neat work, Malcolm Turnbull, you’ll be long remembered & infamous for white-anting Australia’s national broadcaster.

  2. mikeb

    Everyone seems to forget ABC Radio. Where I live it is the only provider of quality local current affairs. The commercials all have syndicated news output where the news readers don’t even know how to pronounce local names & places. The ABC MD has forecast big cuts to Radio as well. I hope local radio content and news is left alone.

  3. Glen Fuller

    zut alors, I largely agree (although you have the Brisbane Times?), which is why I think Jason Potts remarks in the Conversation are misguided:
    “Consumers will find pig-like and banana-like media in other places. It’s absurd to think this is not the case. Almost every media market the ABC is in is highly competitive. What that means is that while substitution might not be 100%, it isn’t 0% either.”
    A classic economist line of thinking. Competition between potential substitutes will be sufficient. What bananas.

  4. Alan

    Adding to zut alors, noting that we only have one news paper (News Limited) the only other major player is Fairfax’s Brisbane Times (online only), which is infested with ex News Limited journos, so the relentless right wing drum beat keeps up. The loss of Friday’s Local 730 Repot would be a tragity for democracy, as it is the only program that focus’ on what latest sneaky LNP and ALP trickery is going on.

  5. CML

    I’d rather they got rid of the national version and Leigh Sales. That would really make my day!!!

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