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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.”


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.

Mark Scott

Mark Scott, ABC Managing Director

The Friends of the ABC NSW biennial 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…]