Topic archives: quentin dempster

‘The worst couple of weeks in the ABC’s modern era’

February 21, 2018 55

A former senior journalist has told Crikey the last few weeks at the ABC have been so demoralising internally that senior journalists he'd spoken to are even considering leaving.

ABC veterans find Swisse cash a bitter pill to swallow

August 25, 2016 4

ABC journalists and producers are up in arms about a new deal with Swisse, a company that sued the ABC over a segment that questioned whether the company's vitamins were "independently tested".

Media briefs: Guthrie’s first day … hyperbolic Greg … best ad ever …

Media briefs: Guthrie’s first day … hyperbolic Greg … best ad ever …

April 7, 2016 4

Greg Sheridan is pretty excited about Ted Cruz. And other media tidbits of the day.

Quentin Dempster defends Aunty’s sass in response to (yet another) editorial review

Quentin Dempster defends Aunty’s sass in response to (yet another) editorial review

August 11, 2015 8

Do frequent editorial reviews at the ABC help steer the ship, or just provide ammo to Aunty's critics?

Media briefs: hold the outrage … hail Fellowes … they like Mike …

Media briefs: hold the outrage … hail Fellowes … they like Mike …

March 27, 2015 1

Everyone joins Team Baird. And other media tidbits of the day.

Media briefs: warm receptions … enemies within … what is and isn’t terrorism …

Media briefs: warm receptions … enemies within … what is and isn’t terrorism …

February 16, 2015

Why is The Fin's Rear Window columnist having a go at a stablemate? And other media tidbits of the day.

Slippery slope: former SBS stars slam ad-averaging proposal

Slippery slope: former SBS stars slam ad-averaging proposal

January 15, 2015 13

The government's proposal to allow SBS to average out the number of ads it shows per hour could save the multicultural broadcaster from budget cuts. But its former stars tell Crikey it's just not worth it.

Losing our religion: ABC dumps Carols and Readings

Losing our religion: ABC dumps Carols and Readings

December 12, 2014 8

There'll be no carols on Aunty this year, and that's just the start of massive changes to the ABC's religion team, writes outgoing 7.30 NSW host Quentin Dempster in a Senate submission.

State <em>7.30</em> shows under threat, but still more popular than Leigh Sales

State 7.30 shows under threat, but still more popular than Leigh Sales

October 28, 2014 17

The loss of the local editions of 7.30, which used to be called Stateline, have prompted a fierce reaction, and a look at the ratings helps reveal why.

ABC board talks potential program cuts, with Holmes not invited

ABC board talks potential program cuts, with Holmes not invited

October 1, 2014 4

Hundreds of ABC supporters gathered outside the broadcaster's Ultimo HQ this morning to urge the board to save Lateline and a host of other ABC programs.

Media briefs: Dempster v Mitchell … real estate empires … ‘insiders’ say thanks …

Media briefs: Dempster v Mitchell … real estate empires … ‘insiders’ say thanks …

October 1, 2014 1

News Corp ties its future (further) to real estate. And other media tidbits of the day.

‘It’s what Murdoch wants’: ABC veteran slams Lewis review

‘It’s what Murdoch wants’: ABC veteran slams Lewis review

June 25, 2014 6

There's talk of charging for access to some ABC content, and merging some functions with SBS. The ABC's Quentin Dempster says that would amount to a 'commercialisation of the public broadcasters'.

What we will lose if we destroy the public broadcaster

What we will lose if we destroy the public broadcaster

June 4, 2014 12

The ABC is under threat, with the cuts announced in the budget likely to be the tip of the iceberg. ABC journalist and public broadcasting advocate Quentin Dempster warns Coalition MPs to be careful what they wish for: a Murdoch monopoly won't be all they hoped.

ABC sets audience targets, but does it have <em>The X Factor</em>?

ABC sets audience targets, but does it have The X Factor?

August 1, 2013 20

ABC journalists have been set audience targets, whether they know it or not. Is this about making sure the national broadcaster is producing what we want, or dumbing down Aunty?

ABC board battle: nine staffers woo colleagues

ABC board battle: nine staffers woo colleagues

March 7, 2013

Voting begins next week for the plum position of ABC staff-elected director. Crikey reveals the full list of candidates -- led by veteran Aunty journalist Matt Peacock.

After six years in exile, why Dempster can’t sit on the ABC board

After six years in exile, why Dempster can’t sit on the ABC board

November 9, 2012 3

Quentin Dempster is banned from taking up the reinstated staff-elected board position at the ABC after a six-year fight to return due to a legislative clause that nobody picked up on.

ABC staff-elected board member in exile: Dempster waits on Conroy

April 12, 2012 5

Quentin Dempster easily won the ABC staff-elected director position in 2006 but, almost seven years later, is yet to take up his seat on the board, writes David Salter, veteran journalist and former Media Watch EP.