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Nov 24, 2014

Cost of the cuts: What the ABC and SBS are losing

The state editions of 7.30 are going, Classic FM will record fewer concerts, and other ways the ABC hopes to save money.



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19 thoughts on “Cost of the cuts: What the ABC and SBS are losing

  1. paddy

    Such a dirty, depressing day for our ABC. 🙁
    Hope it really does come back to bite the Libs & the Nats on the arse.

  2. Stuart Coyle

    Ah, so that’s what Tony means when he says “No cuts to the ABC.”
    I wonder what language he speaks, because it is clearly not the English that I know.

  3. Dan Gulberry

    Well may we say God Save the ABC, because nothing will save this disgraceful government.

  4. Norman Hanscombe

    Talking of ‘saving’, it sometimes appears even divine intervention might find the task of raising the standard of many posters an uphill struggle?

  5. paddy

    I’d regard it as divine intervention Norman H, if just *once*, you made a comment unworthy of the name “troll”.

  6. graybul

    One more tick against Australian Democracy.

  7. cartoonmick

    I can’t understand what all the fuss is about. He hasn’t cut the ABC. The A, B and C are still there, no worries.

    Sure, there may be a little less money to go around, but just think of all those great “repeats” we’ll see. The ABC library has a vast collection of programs past.

    And, by the time the next election comes around, there’ll be no money left for the ABC to broadcast those annoying political campaigns. Bonus !!

    In fact this cartoon depicts just how wonderful our ABC will be after suffering “no cuts” from Mr Abbott . . . .



  8. Sharkie

    400 hundred jobs to go. I bet Chris Uhlmann isn’t one of them. Abbott and his useless ministers have got more of a chance of getting a tough interview from Alan Jones than Uhlmann. His interview “against” Milne today was just embarrassing. Milne was highlighting the corruption of Australian politics due to weak political donation laws, and Uhlmann spent most of the interview attacking her.
    Hello Chris, there is this little thing called ICAC?
    She was also talking about blatant lies and the loss of faith in democracy. With Abbott’s blatant ABC lie going large today, Ulhmann completely ignored the bleeding obvious and went the attack. What a muppet.

  9. john2066

    I wonder just how many management jobs are really going, particularly the ones on 150k plus. What about Paul Chadwick, paid 350k as ‘Director- Editorial policies (?)’.

    Seems like they’re cutting the basic services while a lot of non working fat cats sail through.

  10. john2066

    It also really annoys me that they say they can’t sack senior management because ‘it would cost too much in redundancies’. How ridiculous. Just get rid of them. There is a grey army of non working middle and upper management that have been there for ever.

  11. paddy

    Who could believe the breathtaking vision of the ABC? Firing Carol Duncan and hiring Tom Switzer.
    How could that fail?

  12. westral

    Perhaps the ABC should follow the lead of many of our public companies and outsource back office and production to India.

  13. john2066

    For the cost of one Paul Chadwick (350k a year and nobody’s heard of him), they could hire 8-9 cadet reporters.

  14. StefanL

    I’d like to see a salary profile of the jobs that are being cut, the current salary profile and the post-cut profile.

  15. Bozz

    The real facts are Malcolm Fraser cut 13 per cent from the abc in just two years. John Howard cut 10 per cent in three years. Bob Hawke cut the abc by 7 per cent. Malcolm Turnbull’s cut is only 5 per cent across five years? Broken promises are wrong but both sides do it. The difference is when Labor breaks promises it costs Australia money and when the Liberal’s do it, its saves the country money.

  16. graybul

    Err, Coalition = 28%. Labor = 7%. Does this mean Coalition is more than three times more committed to REJECT the will of the people who overwhelmingly support the independence of the ABC . . AND BELIEVE public monies are well spent on ABC voice remaining independent!!!

  17. Bozz

    I think it means the Liberal have spend much more time in Government that Labor in recent years? Whether this is good or bad is up to each, just looking at the facts. When it comes to the ABC voice remaining independent, you are 1000% correct it must.

  18. Frank Bromley

    The radio documentaries that are to go are all ones that -personally- I listen to frequently. So a major source of in-depth background information about the world goes and its difficult to see where else this can be found easily.
    Bush Telegraph for instance gives me background information about rural life in Australia that I wouldn’t get as a resident of Sydney.

  19. Norman Hanscombe

    paddy, instead of sniping from the cover of your Nom de Blog, why not “just *once” accept the challenge you’ve received to risk a public debate?


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