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Mar 8, 2018

ABC’s all-women presenters … Seven gets desperate … Department of Corrections …

The ABC has bumped its male talent off air for International Women's Day. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

Women get on-air roles for ABC's International Women's Day. The ABC has pushed most men off-air again for International Women's Day today. Repeating last year's stunt, most on-air presenters will be women across programming on the ABC's radio and TV networks. Male presenters still have to go to work, but not on-air. In a statement, the ABC said last year's effort was well-received. But it's more than the metro newspapers could muster for their front pages -- Sydney's Daily Telegraph, The West Australian and The Australian Financial Review were the only papers with a woman's solo byline on the front-page story today (The Australian had two women, with a shared byline, out of eight bylines on the front page).

The ABC also announced yesterday a new cadetship for women in TV and film, supported by Screen Australia. ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie said in the statement:

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  1. Lucifer Morningstar

    Outrightly outrageous behaviour demonstrated on ABC, and one wonders why discrimination still exist in society. If it was the other way around wonder what would have been the reaction, as I didn’t observe same policy applied on International Men’s day. Moreover, it is government subsidised network. Today, the only one in the year, will not be watching ABC due to appalling hypocritical behaviour.

  2. klewso

    ABC “Revenge Day”? Doing the things they condemn men for doing?
    Imagine what would happen in the event of an all male panel on The Dum, or Q&A? A mirror of the cases when there have been all women?

    1. AR

      I recall a sublime moment, possibly back in the 90s, when an Australian Democrat (sic!) brought to the attention of the Senate Acting President that every person in red leather surrounds on that drowsy afternoon session, the staff, the Senators, perhaps even Press – though as the Fourth Estate they may not be referenced – were of the distaff persuasion.
      Warm daze.

  3. Arky

    “as the much-hyped Australian Spartan has sunk without a trace, ignored by viewers” – What’s the success rate for shows which Channel 7 overhypes relentlessly for months before they debut, especially with ads which are not only in every ad break in the tennis but also in voiceovers and crawls along the bottom of the screen during the tennis (and this year in the winter Olympics)? Can’t be very good.

    Perhaps Channel 7 should give some thought to the fact that they are wearing their audience out on shows which haven’t aired a single episode; it feels like you’ve seen 20 hours of the show already, no need to ever watch it even if at first you might have been intrigued.

  4. Lucifer Morningstar

    Outrightly outrageous behaviour demonstrated on ABC, and one wonders why discrimination still exist in society. If it was the other way around wonder what would have been the reaction, as I didn’t observe same policy applied on International Men’s day. Moreover, it is government subsidised network. Today, the only one in the year, will not be watching ABC due to appalling hypocritical behaviour.

  5. gjb

    Haha…. How’s it feel being a special interest/ needs group women ??
    ABC on a winner here, lots of kudos for discrimination

  6. [email protected]

    Whenever we hear the words “There is still more work to be done …” you can be sure it comes from a politicians well now it comes from the ABC’s Michelle Guthrie. If the job was done correctly then there would not be more work to be done. She also says that Australian content should reflect the Australian population. It should not. I suggest Ms Guthrie looks at the history of the ABC as the ABC has always been one step ahead of the population and when you listen or look at the ABC TV you step up a step out of the population average and years gone by the ABC did not reflect a mirror image back. It reflected a better life of quality. The ABC reflected a better quality than an average mirror image that the commercial networs present. Do we want announcers saying “Good’day love, how ya going, hubby going well?” No, we want quality from our ABC National broadcaster.

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