TV & Radio

Nov 14, 2017

ABC restructure not about cutting programs or costs, Guthrie says in major announcement

Announcing the changes to staff around the country from Melbourne today, Guthrie said it was the "next phase of our evolution as a national broadcaster".

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie has revealed the detail of a major organisational restructure that she says is driven by audience behaviour.

As had been widely anticipated, content teams will no longer be divided by platform (TV, radio, online), but will be based on three teams: News, Analysis and Investigations; Entertainment and Specialist; and Regional and Local. There will also be a "content ideas lab", which Guthrie says will be a "hot-house" for new projects including the content fund announced in March.

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9 thoughts on “ABC restructure not about cutting programs or costs, Guthrie says in major announcement

  1. brian crooks

    first job off the rank for an incoming labor government, get rid of this toad faced murdoch hack guthrie from the ABC, sack the yank of the NBN and legislate for a federal ICAC that should be enough to jail half the coalition front bench for starters, then round it off with a banking royal commission and jail them too.

    1. AR

      Yeah, I’d vote for that.
      Were it on offer.
      But it ain’t – Labor would not that for fear of the blowback effect.
      A pox on all their houses.
      Vote Green or Independent.
      Ricky Muir grew in the job and was a real loss last year.
      The current lot have atrophied and rotted in situ.

  2. magnet

    Good plan Brian.We wish…

  3. Peter Evans

    No doubt the devil is in the detail, but these changes look sensible. But change fatigue is real and massive within the ABC, so good luck getting a motivated staff to follow through.

  4. Gordon Sharp

    In the name of Sol Invictus! Rupert’s avatar at the ABC even looks like him.

  5. brian crooks

    If you want to see how a poisonous soul can look on the surface, have a look at michelle guthries face, and then look at rupert murdoch`s, you can try and hide it but it will always bubble to the surface. like a couple of abcesses waiting to be lanced to let the poison out

  6. phil oates

    The restructure brings to mind the following quote attributed to Petronius Arbiter.
    “We trained hard – but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we were reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising, and what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while actually producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation.”

  7. Marjorie Carless

    The ABC used to be my no.1 both TV and the news app. I find the news app is just rubbish and the programming mostly rubbish so don’t watch very often these days. I also will be glad that Ms. ex Murdoch, ex Google Guthrie leaves the ABC for other places but perhaps that will be too late for the ABC.

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