This piece is part of a Crikey Deep Dive series: “What is the ABC For?”. We’re trying to unravel and distill some of the crucial questions the ABC should be asking itself in this post-Guthrie/Milne era.

The ABC needs desperately to change or it will find itself destroyed.

Broadcast and public media were invented at basically the same time. This is not a coincidence, and it tell us something very important. The British Broadcasting Corporation popped into existence in 1927, at the same time as radio sets were arriving in people’s homes. The ABC followed shortly thereafter, in 1929.