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DSC00531_SnapseedI wanted to share the following email our NSW President Mal Hewitt sent to Mark Scott.
The more people who express their concerns the more chance decision makers will take notice of those concerns. We need people to voice their objections to help our ABC. So to letter writing if you can please.
Margaret Foy
President, ABC Friends Blue Mountains

Read the letter here

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Badges can be ordered from ABC Friends NSW & ACT website
Send your selfies to abcfriends.photos@gmail.com

1hd_DSC00409_SnapseedRight now, I am still slightly euphoric after the NSW State Conference of the ABC Friends which our branch hosted on 16/17th August 2014.

The venue was the lovely Mountain Heritage Resort and Spa in Katoomba. It was a very popular choice, the delegates loved it, and the staff looked after all our needs cheerfully and efficiently.

The conference had a very busy agenda, held together with Mal Hewitt’s usual style, humour and professional approach.

Mal Hewitt, State President of ABC Friends, planned the conference based on the crisis threatening the ABC (and SBS).

Quentin Dempster gave an impassioned speech on the effects that so many redundancies and financial cuts have had on the existing ABC staff. [click to continue…]

ABC-Radio-AustraliaFrom the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Listener feedback for Radio Australia. We don’t know how good we’ve got it until it’s all over. This in from a tipster on how listeners are missing Radio Australia:

”Former staff at Radio Australia have been emailed by listeners in the Pacific asking why their normal programs have been replaced with opera. And the betting among ABC staffers is that the whole of the international division will be closed down when Abbott’s (not cuts to the ABC) cuts of 10% come in next month. At present, the international division has about 21 staff, with seven managers, after more than 80 were shown the door last month.”

Our ABC

An article published in the Guardian on Saturday August 29 states ABC staff have accused management of conducting a secret review to radically transform the public broadcaster ahead of further cuts which were foreshadowed in the May budget. The staff also called for the Lewis review, commissioned by Malcolm Turnbull, to be made public. Read the complete article here.