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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.”


An article published in the Guardian on Saturady 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.

Mark Scott

Mark Scott, ABC Managing Director

The Friends of the ABC NSW bi-annual conference (hosted by FABC Blue Mountains) will held on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 of August 2014. Day observers are welcome . ABC Managing Director, Mark Scott will be addressing the conference at the Sunday morning session.

Please note there will be no regular branch meeting in August.

Bust the Budget CanberraThis article is courtesy of ABC Friends ACT & Region
July 6 – National Day of Action to Bust the Budget
On a freezing, blustery Sunday, the day before the new Senate sat, I and some other ABC Friends, joined about 1,500 hundred other Canberrans on the lawns of Parliament House in a show of community opposition to the Federal Budget and to call on Senators to stand up for ordinary Australians and block this budget.
The protest was hosted by Unions ACT and a variety of community groups as part of a National Day of Action to Bust the Budget across Australia with demonstrations in all the capitals and some regional areas. [click to continue…]

About 20 members of FABCBM participated in the Grand Parade at the Winter Magic Festival held on June 21 which celebrates the Winter Solstice here in our beautiful part of the world. The weather was more than kind, with yet another not so winter’s day, (but we won’t mention climate change – more than once, anyway).
We received great support with cheers and clapping from sections of the very large crowd, estimated at over 40,000 according to the ABC news. We took the opportunity to hand out our Save Your ABC Threatened flyers as we trundled along. Our posters looked fabulous our balloons too, although we could have done with many more of those, and balloon numbers weren’t helped with quite a few popping well before we set off.
fabc_wintermagic_small_DSF6234Our webmaster, who had compiled a wonderful selection of ABC program intros to play as we walked, worked hard to share it with the crowd above the general noise by holding the speaker close to them as he walked. We had people dancing to the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries theme and children singing along to Bob the Builder. Something a little louder next year could have the whole crowd dancing and singing too.

All in all it was great fun and thanks to all who shared in the day.

In addition to the very big day on Saturday a couple of our members involved in another cause close to their hearts took the opportunity to share our flyers at the Sustainability Festival which was held in old Katoomba Library on Sunday 22nd. All chairs sported a flyer before the audience appeared, they also had a little spot on a stall AND the ABC shared advertising space on a jacket too!

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Libby Blackburn