4BC a ‘poor imitation’ of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Ray Hadley

April 15, 2015 – 5:30PM

Kristian Silva

Less than two weeks before his radio program airs on 4BC, presenter Ray Hadley has described the Brisbane radio station as “a poor imitation of the ABC”.

Hadley’s mornings program on Sydney’s 2GB will be syndicated on 4BC from April 27, along with a breakfast show hosted by Alan Jones.

Hadley will replace Patrick Condren in the morning slot.

Radio host Ray Hadley has criticised Brisbane radio station 4BC less than two weeks before his show becomes one of its headline programs.

Radio host Ray Hadley has criticised Brisbane radio station 4BC less than two weeks before his show becomes one of its headline programs. Photo: Peter Rae

On Wednesday he said the challenge of building an audience from a 4.3 per cent market share was “massive”.

“At my age and 32 years into the business, I’m always looking for challenges and I think this is probably my biggest one,” he told Fairfax Media.

“The station is running last. It’s embarrassing.

“I’ve been listening to it for a number of months now to see what it’s like and it’s just a poor imitation of the ABC. It’s a left-wing station that doesn’t appear to have much to say about major issues.”

News that most of 4BC’s Brisbane presenters would be sacked was met with disappointment by several media commentators, and the station’s plight is now being mocked on Twitter by a parody account.

However Hadley said he wasn’t worried 4BC listeners would switch off because of a reduction in Brisbane content and presenters.

“They had a minuscule audience,” he said.

“It’s not as if they had 300,000 people listening. There’s hardly anyone listening to the station. Something has to change.”

“It appears to me not even the entire families of the broadcasters are listening.”

Hadley said his mornings program would be relevant in Brisbane because the topics it covered were either national or of broad interest.

“In terms of Brisbane guests, it’s not a magazine program…It’s a program about news and about opinions – mainly my opinions because it’s my program.”

A merger between the Macquarie and Fairfax radio networks was officially completed on March 31, with Fairfax holding a 54.5 per cent stake of the super-sized Macquarie Radio Network. Most of the job cuts across the network have come from the Fairfax side of the business.

Hadley has in the past criticised Fairfax Media, whose brands include Brisbane Times, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Rival Sydney station 2UE and Brisbane’s 4BC were also Fairfax-owned until the merger.

When asked on Wednesday what he thought of Fairfax, Hadley said: “I have no comment to make”.

“It’s immaterial to me who’s a shareholder and who’s not a shareholder. John Singleton still owns about 35 per cent and that’s who I started working for 14 years ago. I don’t work for Fairfax, I work for Macquarie Radio,” he said.

 

The Brisbane Times

Australian Broadcasting Corporation names new Australian Capital Territory news editor Eric Napper to replace John Mulhall

February 27, 2015 – 11:23AM

Eric Napper will the new ACT news editor.

Eric Napper will the new ACT news editor.

ABC News producer Eric Napper, responsible for broadcasting Gough Whitlam’s memorial service, has been named as the new ACT news editor for the network, replacing John Mulhall.

Mulhall announced his retirement in January.

Napper enters the office at a difficult time for ABC Canberra’s Northbourne newsroom, still reeling from job cuts and the axing of ACT 7.30 at the end of last year.

The ABC said Napper was one of their most experienced news executive producers and had been with the broadcaster for 25 years since 1989.

In his previous role Napper was editor of news specials, responsible for special coverage such as Whitlam’s memorial, and state and federal elections.

The ABC also spruiked Napper’s local credentials.

“As a long-time resident of Canberra Eric has a deep understanding of local issues and a strong commitment to strengthening quality ABC News coverage in the ACT,” ABC news director Kate Torney said.

Napper previously held senior roles in news production at the Canberra office.

 

Source : The Canberra Times

Millions tune in to Socceroos quarter-final on Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Socceroos v China highlights

Tim Cahill’s heroics in helping the Socceroos beat China in the Asian Cup quarter finals was seen by almost two millions Australians.

In stunning ratings figures for free-to-air network ABC, over 1.8 million people tuned in as Cahill’s superb brace on Thursday night booked Ange Postecoglou’s troops a semi-final spot.

The Socceroos will meet the winner of Friday night’s last quarter-final between Japan and UAE in Newcastle next Tuesday.

CAHILL SENDS SOCCEROOS INTO SEMIS

“Our live broadcast of the Quarter Final on ABC TV reached over 1.8 million Australians, and as all eyes turn to Newcastle on Tuesday, we expect support for the Socceroos’ Asian Cup campaign will grow even further as we cover all the action live on ABC TV, radio and online,” Head of ABC Sport and Events Justin Holdforth said.

The ABC TV broadcast of the Quarter Final between Australia and China reached over 1.8 million people (metro + regional)

It was the number one program in Sydney in its timeslot with 220,000 viewers and an 18.9 percent share, and in Brisbane 122,000 viewers and 15.1 percent share.
The Socceroos’ group stage matches all reached over 1 million people on ABC TV.

The opening match against Kuwait reached 1.1 million Australians; the match between Australia and Oman reached 1.05 million; and the final group match where Australia lost to South Korea reached 1.04 million.

Watch all the action on Tuesday night live on ABC TV and ABC iview from 7.30pm AEDT, with live coverage also on ABC Radio and ABC Online.

Source : Football Federation Australia website

Australian Broadcasting Corporation seals first 90 staff redundancies

January 7, 2015 – 3:38PM

Dominic White

ABC veteran Quentin Dempster after CEO Mark Scott announced widespread staff cuts in November.

ABC veteran Quentin Dempster after CEO Mark Scott announced widespread staff cuts in November. Photo: Wolter Peeters

The ABC has finalised 90 redundancies and resulting payouts with its staff including veteran 7.30 NSW anchor Quentin Dempster, chief political correspondent Mark Simkin and political reporter Lyndal Curtis.

In an email to staff, Alan Sunderland, ABC acting director of people, said that “selection pools” for the corporation’s other planned redundancies had been completed – which means that others under threat of redundancy have been identified and will now go into negotiation.

The corporation is cutting 400 jobs in response to the Abbott government’s $250 million cuts to its budget over five years.

Some staff have compared the selection pools process to The Hunger Games, a movie where children are forced to participate in an annual televised death match.

“We are seeking a meeting next week with staff and union representatives where we will try to clearly identify the remaining issues we need to talk about, as well as those areas where we can proceed with the proposed changes,” Mr Sunderland said in his email.

“I have said from the beginning that the consultation process with staff and unions over these changes will be a genuine one, and will be given the time it needs,” he went on.

“Let me assure you that this remains the case. What that means is that no genuine consultation will be cut short, and likewise no discussions will be left to drag on unnecessarily while staff are looking for clarity and resolution.”

A spokesman for the ABC said the broadcaster remains in consultations with unions and staff in many areas, including its South Australian television unit, where 20 employees will be directly affected by its decision to shut down the facility.

Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

Want to be the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s ‘FOOTBALL INSIDER’ at the AFC Asian Cup?

Asian Cup ABC TV

ABC TV is the official free-to-air broadcaster and ABC Grandstand is the official non-commercial radio broadcaster of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.

Coverage kicks off on January 9 when Australia play Kuwait at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

Want to be the ABC’s ‘FOOTBALL INSIDER’ at the AFC Asian Cup?

Post your commentary on the fans from a recent game you’ve seen and use the hashtag #ABCFootballFan on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to enter. The winners in each city will win a double pass to an Asian Cup game and the chance to be ABC’s fan reporter for the day. Get your entry in before the comp closed on 30 December 2014.

Hosted by Stephanie Brantz, every group round game featuring the Socceroos will be broadcast on ABC TV and simulcast on ABC iview, commercial free and in its entirety. All Socceroos finals matches will be broadcast live on ABC TV and ABC iview. Every Socceroos game and all finals will be broadcast live on ABC Radio. Every other game night, ABC will screen a 30 minute highlight package bringing you expert analysis and the best of the day’s action across all four groups.

For all the latest Asian Cup news and broadcast details visit abc.net.au/asiancup

Source : Football Federation Australia website

Westfield W-League glory up for grabs on Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV

Michelle Heyman of Canberra United and Bronwyn Studman of Perth Glory contest for the ball.

Michelle Heyman of Canberra United and Bronwyn Studman of Perth Glory contest for the ball.

An epic finale to the Westfield W-League looms as Perth Glory hosts Canberra United on ABC TV LIVE on Sunday at 3pm nationally.

The free-scoring Glory are aiming for their maiden Westfield W-League crown but they face a strong challenge from the ever-improving Canberra United who possess significant big-game experience.

And while the result remains uncertain, it seems entertainment is assured. The Glory have netted an incredible 42 goals in 13 matches this term to set a season-record tally. Canberra, for their part, boasts their own pacy and attractive attack.

The match also brings together the two greatest goalscorers in the competition’s history: Perth Glory’s Kate Gill and Canberra United’s Michelle Heyman.

Canberra appear as well equipped to see off the premiers as any team in the competition. Perth have swept all before them this season winning the league in a canter, yet they fell to a dramatic defeat in Canberra just a fortnight ago.

It would be a major surprise if Sunday’s season decider is not tight, tense and drama-laden leaving local fans and national TV viewers as winners.

The ABC TV broadcast games are hosted by Stephanie Brantz, with former Westfield Matildas and W-League star Sarah Walsh joining Peter Wilkins in commentary.

Catch all the action Live nationally at 3.00pm Sunday (broadcast commences at 12midday in WA) on ABC TV, or catch up from Monday on ABC iView with a full replay each Tuesday at 3.30am.

Join the conversation on Twitter using #wleague

To stay up to date with the latest news and highlights, sign up to the Westfield W-League Extra  here

Source : Football Federation Australia website

Double the action on Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV as finalists line up

Michelle Heyman of Canberra United and Stephanie Catley of Melbourne Victory fight for the ball.

Michelle Heyman of Canberra United and Stephanie Catley of Melbourne Victory fight for the ball.

There will be twice the fun this week for Westfield W-League fans on ABC TV with both semi-finals broadcast LIVE* on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm nationally.

Saturday sees reigning champs Melbourne Victory host Canberra United, while a day later premiers Perth Glory welcome Sydney FC with a berth in the grand final awaiting the two winners.

Melbourne will have mixed memories of facing Canberra this season. They secured a superb 4-2 away win in the nation’s capital early on, but fell to a 1-0 home defeat in October in a result which kick-started a mini slump for the Victory.

They also face the added challenge of recovering physically and mentally from their recent trip to Japan.

Canberra, conversely, are on a high after inflicting a rare defeat on Perth Glory last weekend to reach the finals in style.

Perth’s 2-1 loss in Canberra was indeed a rare stumble in an imperious season for the Glory.

However, their penultimate regular season match was a stunning 5-0 defeat of Sydney FC in Wollongong.

On the surface it seems unlikely that the Sky Blues could turn-around such a scoreline within a fortnight, but Sydney have several aces in their hand, including significant big-match experience.

Finals football is always of a high standard, and after a stunning season in the Westfield W-League, both matches are sure to be mouth-watering prospects for local fans and nationwide TV viewers alike.

The ABC TV broadcast games are hosted by Stephanie Brantz, with former Westfield Matildas and W-League star Sarah Walsh joining Peter Wilkins in commentary.

Catch all the action Live nationally at 3.00pm Saturday and Sunday on ABC TV, or catch up from Monday on ABC iView with a full replay each Tuesday at 3.30am.

*Sunday match only broadcast live into WA at 12midday AWST, 3pm local time in other regions.

Join the conversation on Twitter using #wleague

To stay up to date with the latest news and highlights, sign up to the Westfield W-League Extra here

Source : The Canberra Times

Christopher Pyne begs PM Tony Abbott to save Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV in Adelaide

December 10, 2014 – 8:59PM

Matthew Knott

           Communications and education correspondent

 In happier times: Christopher Pyne and Tony Abbott.

In happier times: Christopher Pyne and Tony Abbott. Photo: Andrew Meares

Coalition frontbencher Christopher Pyne has written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, asking him to overhaul the way the government funds the ABC so that television production can continue in his home state of South Australia.

ABC managing director Mark Scott announced last month that the ABC would close its Adelaide television production studios after the Abbott government cut its budget by $250 million over five years.

Up to 37 jobs will be lost.

 

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Pyne, whose electorate of Sturt covers Adelaide, outlined the TV shows that were produced in his city, “including but not limited to The Cook and the Chef, Poh’s Kitchen, Dream Build, and the Karta orang-utan documentary at Adelaide Zoo”.

The Education Minister said that one day before Mr Scott made his announcement, nearly 1 million Australians had tuned into a TV program made in Adelaide – the anniversary program Countdown – Do Yourself a Favour.

The government’s efficiency study into the ABC and SBS described the Adelaide studios as “little used” and found the ABC could make significant savings by selling off its television studios and outsourcing more production to the private sector.

The Education Minister urged Mr Abbott to restore the Howard government’s tied-funding initiatives for regional production before Christmas, to stop local jobs being lost.

Labor discontinued the Regional and Local Funding Programming Initiative when it came to power in 2007.

Cabinet colleague Malcolm Turnbull has portfolio responsibility for the ABC as Minister for Communications, who also received the letter along with Treasurer Joe Hockey and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann.

Under Mr Pyne’s proposal, the ABC’s total funding would remain the same but it would have to spend specific amounts on regional production.

Mr Pyne’s letter reads:

“Dear Prime Minister,

“As you would be aware, ABC Managing Director Mark Scott recently announced changes to the ABC structure as a response to savings announced by Minister Turnbull.

“As part of these changes, Mr Scott announced the closure of ABC TV program production in South Australia … By moving ABC TV elsewhere it will incur unnecessary costs and remove the efficient and innovative production unit from South Australia. ABC South Australia has a record for low-cost, high-quality, high-efficiency production.”

Mr Pyne says popular shows such as Dream Build, Po’s Kitchen and The Cook and the Chef have been produced from the ABC’s Adelaide studios and that ABC management has used funding cuts to make the broadcaster more Sydney and Melbourne focussed.

“A return to tiered funding for regional production from the Commonwealth will allow the South Australian production unit to continue telling regionally-flavoured stories of national interest,” Mr Pyne wrote.

“I urge you to consider a return to tiered-funding which will allow this to occur and could potentially be found within the ABC’s current budget, to remain cost neutral overall. Time is of the essence in order to protect the jobs which may go before Christmas this year.”

When announcing his changes to the broadcaster, Mr Scott argued the economics of the television sector make it more efficient to base production, outside of news and current affairs, in Sydney and Melbourne.

In his efficiency study into the ABC and SBS, former Seven West Media chief financial officer Peter Lewis found: “The large television production studio [in Adelaide] is rarely used. TV production demand currently consists mainly of internal documentaries and one-off specials.”

The ABC closed down its Hobart television production studios in 2012.

Source : The Canberra Times

 

Double the action on Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV as finalists line up

Michelle Heyman of Canberra United and Stephanie Catley of Melbourne Victory fight for the ball.

There will be twice the fun this week for Westfield W-League fans on ABC TV with both semi-finals broadcast LIVE* on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm nationally.

Saturday sees reigning champs Melbourne Victory host Canberra United, while a day later premiers Perth Glory welcome Sydney FC with a berth in the grand final awaiting the two winners.

Melbourne will have mixed memories of facing Canberra this season. They secured a superb 4-2 away win in the nation’s capital early on, but fell to a 1-0 home defeat in October in a result which kick-started a mini slump for the Victory.

They also face the added challenge of recovering physically and mentally from their recent trip to Japan.

Canberra, conversely, are on a high after inflicting a rare defeat on Perth Glory last weekend to reach the finals in style.

Perth’s 2-1 loss in Canberra was indeed a rare stumble in an imperious season for the Glory.

However, their penultimate regular season match was a stunning 5-0 defeat of Sydney FC in Wollongong.

On the surface it seems unlikely that the Sky Blues could turn-around such a scoreline within a fortnight, but Sydney have several aces in their hand, including significant big-match experience.

Finals football is always of a high standard, and after a stunning season in the Westfield W-League, both matches are sure to be mouth-watering prospects for local fans and nationwide TV viewers alike.

The ABC TV broadcast games are hosted by Stephanie Brantz, with former Westfield Matildas and W-League star Sarah Walsh joining Peter Wilkins in commentary.

Catch all the action Live nationally at 3.00pm Saturday and Sunday on ABC TV, or catch up from Monday on ABC iView with a full replay each Tuesday at 3.30am.

*Sunday match only broadcast live into WA at 12midday AWST, 3pm local time in other regions.

Join the conversation on Twitter using #wleague

To stay up to date with the latest news and highlights, sign up to the Westfield W-League Extra here

Source : Football Federation Austrália website

Epic match-up on Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV as Canberra United eye Perth Glory

Stephanie Ochs and Caitlin Foord during Glory and Canberra's Round 5 clash.

Stephanie Ochs and Caitlin Foord during Glory and Canberra’s Round 5 clash.

Tune in to ABC TV each Sunday at 3pm nationally for LIVE Westfield W-League action, this week featuring a blockbuster to conclude the regular season as Canberra United welcome Perth Glory to the nation’s capital potentially needing a draw to reach the semi-finals.

Perth Glory lived up to their name last weekend in a sparkling display on national screens as Sydney FC were dismantled to the tune of five unanswered goals.

With their attacking quarter of Westfield Matildas – Sam Kerr, Kate Gill, Caitlin Foord and Collette McCallum – in scintillating form, it seems the Glory are in untouchable form.

They are now hunting a new league benchmark after an unprecedented ten wins in 11 games, having also set a competition-high goals tally for a single season.

Third-placed Canberra have stumbled in recent weeks recording a draw in Newcastle, before a potentially costly defeat at Brisbane Roar last Saturday.

Depending on the result on Saturday between Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets, United may take on the Glory needing a result to claim their semi-final ticket.

While it may make for a scary prospect for home side Canberra United, it makes for a mouth-watering prospect for local fans and nationwide TV viewers alike.

The ABC TV Sunday afternoon broadcast games are hosted by Stephanie Brantz, with former Westfield Matildas and W-League star Sarah Walsh joining Peter Wilkins in commentary.

Catch all the action Live nationally at 3.00pm Sunday on ABC TV, or catch up from Monday on ABC iView with a full replay each Tuesday at 3.30am.

Join the conversation on Twitter using #wleague

To stay up to date with the latest news and highlights, sign up to the Westfield W-League Extra here

Source : Football Federation Australia website

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