The HD coverage of the ANZAC day service in Adelaide is crap. Very blocky and the only thing that is HD on the screen is the watermark. The SD coverage is worse.
Weird, it’s normally Channel 7 that has crap video that it tries to claim is HD.
Bruce Belsham to Retire from the ABC
Bruce Belsham, one of the ABC’s most respected editorial leaders and accomplished current affairs documentary-makers, has announced his intention to retire from the ABC at the end of June.
Belsham has been the ABC’s Head of Current Affairs for the past five years, heading Australia’s leading current affairs programs and content across television, radio and digital, including Four Corners, 7.30, Australian Story, Foreign Correspondent, Lateline, AM, PM, Behind the News, The World Today, Insiders and Offsiders.
During a career at the national public broadcaster spanning more than three decades, he has spearheaded the production of a significant body of important and award-winning work, as well as playing a pioneering role in the ABC’s digital services. With Chris Masters, in 1985 he made “French Connections”, the Gold Walkley Award-winning investigation into the role of the French secret service in the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. He also produced and directed major series including Power in the Pacific, Frontier, The Liberals, Top Floor and The Vietnam Peace. He was Executive Producer of Four Corners for seven years, leading the program through a series of major stories and investigations while also pioneering its innovative use of broadband and web content.
Belsham said: "I’ve had several different careers during my time at the ABC, across investigative journalism, documentary-making, digital innovation, and senior editorial management, and all of them have been extremely rewarding. However, it is time to move on from full-time management roles and pursue other projects.”
Director, News Gaven Morris said: “Bruce Belsham’s work has been integral to the high standing and success of ABC current affairs and documentary for many years. He leaves the ABC’s Current Affairs team in excellent shape and poised for significant future growth, with its traditional strength as an industry leader in radio and television being successfully expanded across our digital channels to reach new and broader audiences.
“In-depth and investigative journalism has never been more important, and from next week we’ll be seeking a replacement to fill Bruce’s sizeable shoes.”
Mandy Chang departs ABC for BBC
The ABC has announced the departure of Mandy Chang, Head of Arts and Acting Head of Non-Scripted TV, who has accepted a role as Commissioning Editor of BBC documentary series Storyville.
Mandy has been a strong advocate for the Arts during almost five years at the ABC, bringing to screens programs that have shone a light on some of Australia’s most influential and significant cultural figures. She left behind a long and distinguished career as a filmmaker in the UK and Australia to join the ABC first as the Arts Commissioning Editor and then as Head of Arts, and more recently as Acting Head of Non Scripted TV. She has set the vision for both TV Arts and the iview Arts Channel. Some of her recent projects have included David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema, Stop Laughing…this is serious (series 2), and documentary strand Artsville which has recently showcased cultural mavericks such as Mambo, Glenn Murcutt and Harry Seidler. As Head of Arts Mandy has overseen the iview Arts Channel, steering many innovative arts series and instigating initiatives like the Art Bites and Love Bites series’. She has continued to be an advocate for the Hive initiative, which commissions artists to make their first films and which represent the most innovative and risk-taking programming on television with films like Spear and Girl Asleep.
David Anderson, Director Television, expressed the ABC’s great appreciation of Mandy’s work and her contribution to the national broadcaster and the wider arts community. “Mandy has been a fantastic advocate of the Arts and has done an outstanding job of delivering vibrant and engaging content to all Australians over many years. She is highly regarded across the industry and brought a creative and innovative edge to the ABC Arts team. Mandy is taking up a brilliant opportunity and we wish her the very best with this next stage of her career.”
Mandy thanked her ABC colleagues and the high level of work at the ABC.
"Over the past four and a half years I have been at the ABC, I have had the great privilege and pleasure of seeing and engaging with the best of the arts that this country has to offer and of working on an incredible slate of arts programming with some very talented people,” she said.
“I am extremely proud of the work our passionate and hardworking little Arts Department has commissioned, made and overseen. I’m very sad to be leaving the ABC at this exciting and crucial time in its history, but I’m also looking forward to a new challenge.”
Mandy will depart the ABC in September.
Communications Minister Fifield orders the ABC to reveal salaries over $200,000
Audience behaviour drives new ABC structure
The changing behaviour of Australian audiences will soon be reflected in a new internal
structure for the ABC’s creative teams.
From early next year, ABC content makers will be organised into teams of subject matter
specialists which produce creative outputs across all ABC formats, devices and platforms.
The proposed new structure does not include any job losses, cuts to programs or a reduction
“Technology is unlocking new ways for consumers to be informed, educated and
entertained,” ABC Managing Director, Michelle Guthrie, said today.
“Australian audiences are responding by embracing new formats, devices and platforms and
increasingly demanding control of their viewing and listening schedules.
“The changes we are announcing today adapt to meet these shifts in technology and
audience behaviour, and give our people the freedom to grasp the opportunities that await,”
Ms Guthrie said.
The proposed new structure will be based on three main teams:
News, Analysis & Investigations, led by Gaven Morris, currently Director, News. The
team will be responsible for state coverage, network news and investigations and in-
Entertainment & Specialist, led by current ABC Director Television, David Anderson.
This team will include children’s content, music and creative development, factual and
entertainment, drama, comedy and indigenous programming.
Regional & Local, led by current Director Radio, Michael Mason, will include rural and
regional teams, capital city and regional productions.
The ABC will also introduce a new Content Ideas Lab responsible for incubating initiatives
to introduce ABC content to new audiences.
“The new structure will reduce overlap between ABC people covering the same subjects for
multiple programs and platforms, and instead free them to focus on creating impactful, value
adding stories that can reach audiences however and wherever they choose to engage,” Ms
“The result will be extended reach and relevance, a better experience for our audience and
an ABC that, in a fragmented landscape, provides the critical space for debate, dialogue and
ideas,” she said.
Ms Guthrie said the structure delivered on the ABC’s Charter at a time of rapid change.
“By keeping what is central – our Charter, our sense of public service and our presence
across the nation – and purposefully adapting the way we work to meet the changing
expectations of our audiences, we can deepen our connection to citizens,” Ms Guthrie said.
“In a time of unprecedented disruption, the ABC’s role is more important than ever. It means
there is a heavy onus on us to ensure we make the right decisions to maintain relevance and
value,” she said.
The new structure has been developed in consultation with ABC content leaders and follows
the Investing In Audiences strategy announced in March 2017. It will take effect early next
year following consultation with ABC employees.
ABC accelerates regional jobs and services under Connecting Communities plan
The ABC will fast-track the recruitment of up to 40 regional reporters, producers and
presenters under its Connecting Communities initiative first announced in March 2017.
The initiative, originally planned for completion by July 2018, will create up to 80 new content
roles as part of a $15.4 million annual funding boost to strengthen the ABC’s coverage and
services in rural and regional Australia.
Approximately $4 million is also being invested by the ABC in new tools and equipment for
regional teams across the country to enhance video and digital reporting for local and national
ABC Managing Director, Michelle Guthrie, said that accelerating the Connecting Communities
initiative will result in greater local coverage for regional Australians across platforms and
across the week.
“Connecting Communities will increase our regional workforce by almost 20% which allows our
reporters to spend more time in the field covering local stories that may also be of state and
national interest,” Ms Guthrie said.
“We’ve received feedback that Australians want to hear, read and watch more news and
information about their community and be part of national conversations.
“We are developing local weekly newsletters and expanding weekend coverage from regional
Australia, as well as enabling our reporters to spend time in some of the most remote parts of
“Our commitment to regional Australia continues to grow. Last month, we announced a $1
million investment in live audio streaming services to enable an additional 19 regional
communities to listen to their local radio stations online and via mobile.
“In September, we announced ABC Weather – an initiative which explores the science behind
weather events, their impact on the landscape and people.
“Today marks an important milestone for the ABC and for regional audiences – as we are
continuing to expand our coverage and services in regional Australia at a time when some
media outlets are scaling back,” Ms Guthrie said.
Tamworth Country Music Festival and the ABC announce new broadcast partnership
Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) today announced a new broadcast partnership for the iconic Festival and its associated Awards program – the Country Music Awards of Australia.
The partnership includes ABC Landline‘s Facebook Livestream of the Golden Guitar Awards including red-carpet arrivals, plus Awards highlights on ABC TV and ABC iview; daily radio broadcasts LIVE from the heart of the Tamworth Country Music Festival and a LIVE broadcast of the popular Australia All Over and Saturday Night Country programs.Mr. Barry Harley, Manager Country Music, Tamworth Regional Council said: “We greatly appreciate the ABC for their commitment to the Tamworth Country Music Festival, the Golden Guitar Awards, and the entire country music community.
“As Australia’s leading source of information and entertainment, we are thankful to have such a cooperative relationship with the ABC, and we look forward to working together to show the rest of Australia, and the world, the wide array of incredible country music talent we have on offer in Tamworth each January.”
Mrs Fiona Reynolds, Director of ABC Regional said: “The ABC has always enjoyed its special relationship with the Festival and the Awards going back many years. This partnership takes the relationship to an exciting new level, enabling the Festival and ABC to reach country music lovers across all our platforms in all corners of Australia and internationally.”
The Tamworth Country Music Festival will be held from Friday 19 to Sunday 28 January 2018 with the 46th Golden Guitar Awards on Saturday 27 January 2018 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre. Tickets are on sale now and available from www.tcmf.com.au.
Fans who can’t make it to Tamworth can catch all the action from the Golden Guitar Awards LIVE via the ABC Landline Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/LandlineABC, or they can catch the best moments and highlight performances the following day – Sunday 28 January – on ABC TV. ABC will also be putting together an exclusive collection of videos on ABC iview for viewers to watch at their leisure.
The 46th Country Music Awards of Australia – the Golden Guitar Awards are proudly supported by Toyota, the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, ABC, APRA AMCOS, Country Music Capital News, QANTASLINK, Regional Australia Bank, Coca-Cola and the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA).
Stay tuned for the latest Golden Guitar Awards news in the coming weeks.
ABC coverage of the 2018 Golden Guitar Awards
Watch LIVE – ABC Landline Facebook Livestream
Saturday 27 January, 7.30pm.
ABC Landline will bring you the biggest night in the country music calendar, with a livestream on their Facebook page.
Watch Highlights on ABC TV + ABC iview
Sunday 28 January, 12.30pm.
Tune in to ABC TV for an hour special, bringing you the best moments and highlight performances from the Golden Guitar Awards.
We’ll also have an exclusive collection of videos on ABC iview, featuring performances from the night, so you can watch at your leisure.
Interesting, that’s going to polarise the voters