We are former ABC employees and contracted media professionals who have helped to produce stories and programs for the ABC across all genres.
ABC Alumni believes that our precious national broadcaster is no longer able to do the job the Parliament has asked it to do – and only the Parliament can fix the problem.
The ABC’s Charter requires it to deliver ‘programs that contribute to a sense of national identity, and inform and entertain, and reflect the cultural diversity of, the Australian community.’
As this research by Dr Michael Ward of Sydney University demonstrates, ABC TV’s main channel now runs 40% fewer hours of first-run, non-news Australian-made screen content than it did ten years ago.
Former ABC Director of Television Sandra Levy points out that the cost of Australian-made programs – especially drama – is soaring.
Yet despite a temporary increase in 2022, the ABC’s budget is way lower, in real terms, than it was in 2013.
These are the hard Facts. We need to change them.
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March 01, 2024
Dr Michael Ward of the University of Sydney, a former senior ABC executive, has been poring over the figures. In this disturbing article for ABC Alumni, he confirms what we’ve all suspected. First release, non-news and current affairs screen content on the ABC’s main...Read More
January 24, 2024
ABC Alumni welcomes the appointment of Kim Williams as the new Chair of the ABC Board.Read More