As summer programming ends and ABC shows are prepped for their return within the following fortnight, those working on them have plenty left to do -- but also plenty of distractions.

The consultation period over the ABC redundancies prompted by the government's cuts to its budget is ongoing, and at present, the ABC and its unions are locked in the nitty-gritty part of the process. Those identified for potential redundancies have now been notified. Some have elected to go -- around 100 people have already done so -- while those who want to stay are waiting while redeployment options are sought for them. If no such positions are available, they'll be made forcefully redundant, and will, after serving out their notice periods, pack up their desks. Insiders expect the process will drag on for several more weeks.