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Sue Noske

2018 President Sue Noske with Jeremy Fernandez, ABC News and Vice President, Margaret Foy

Thank you to all the Friends and friends of Friends who attended our first branch meeting this year. It was great to see some new faces, and some “old” faces too! A positive start to the year indeed.

Margaret Foy and I reported on the Inaugural ABC Public Meeting held at the Ultimo studios on the 9th Feb. We found it to be a highly scripted and “slick” affair with presentations by several ABC Board members, including Managing Director Michelle Guthrie. Questions from the public were limited, and chosen as representative of the major concerns of ABC consumers. You can still watch the event on-line. Definitely worth watching! [continue reading…]

The 2017 Winter Magic Festival saw a small but enthusiastic group represent ABC Friends in the parade and ran our stall. The parade was a success with lots of cheers and encouragement from a large animated crowd. Unfortunately, once again, the music box transport wheel proved a problem and much effort was required to nurse it along but it continued to pump out ABC program themes till the wheel fell off just passed the finish line.

Our stall position this year proved to be fantastic for our volunteers, beautiful sunshine for most of the day. The response from the public (except for a couple of anti ABCers) was terrific, taking bumper stickers and discussing ABC issues.

This year we used the ‘I ????ABC’ postcards addressed to the Prime Minister as our petition and it was a great success with many filling in their details – they will be delivered on their behalf. Our ABC survey also proved very popular, however some of us were surprised at the number of the ABC media platforms they rated as ‘Excellent’ despite all the ongoing cuts and changes!

Thanks to Ron for setting up and packing up again this year, to the media coordinator for all his work and to our parade participants and stall volunteers.

Go to the Gallery for more pictures.

On June 6, the Meeting Hall at the HUB was full of ABC Friends and other ABC supporters to come close up and personal with Michelle Guthrie. She came across as a very friendly, open person providing answers to all the many questions fired at her from the group.

Overall the immediate audience seemed to be favourable although her defence of the dwindling standard of the ABC News bulletin seemed to be in comparison to the commercial networks, rather than acknowledging that the standard had noticeably slipped in recent years. It was observed her chatty manner whilst very amiable meant she could be conceived more like someone from a PR unit rather than a Managing Director. She spoke about audience numbers and her ideal to reach 100% of Australians every week with the ABC’s increasing diverse offerings. Something for everyone but not a lot for anyone?

Many thanks to local MP Susan Templeman for organising this event and for Michelle Guthrie to make a special trip to Springwood to talk to ABC supporters. 

If you would like to add your comments about the meeting please email media_coordinator@fabcnswbm.org.au and they will be put up on this website.

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A healthy representation of members from our local branch attended last Thursday’s protest of around 70 people outside the Ultimo office of the ABC to protest about recent cuts including music and shortwave radio.

ABC Friends NSW and ACT President, Mal Hewitt addressed the rally to talk about several issues including the impact of cutting ABC Shortwave radio on the Pacific Islanders. You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bPkq_GcaWk&feature=youtu.be

View other photos of the rally here