From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

No BoM protest on the ABC. As part of ongoing negotiations between public service agencies and the government over new pay deals, the staff at the Bureau of Meteorology announced earlier this year that forecasters would use their crosses to ABC radio programs to read protest messages and draw attention to their cause. The messages were scheduled as part of industrial action days earlier this month, but they never made it to air. Ms Tips hears that content makers and producers at ABC radio stations were told not to call BoM on those days, so the messages couldn't go to air. According to one source, the direction came "from high up in local radio" and was communicated verbally by line managers. Staff were told not to put the instructions in writing. We asked the ABC why staff were told not to call the weather boffins on those days, and were told by a spokesman: