Hands Off Our ABC

Hands Off Our ABC

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Hands Off Our ABC is a community and advocacy campaign co-ordinated by the two unions that represent the vast bulk of employees at the ABC: the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance and the Community and Public Sector Union.

Our goal is an editorially-independent ABC that is fully-funded by the government and meets its charter as a comprehensive national broadcaster, that is resourced to tell Australian stories across multiple platforms, and positioned to take advantage of new technology to retain its position as the most trusted and reliable source of news and entertainment in Australia.

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Hands Off Our ABC is a community and advocacy campaign co-ordinated by the two unions that represent the vast bulk of employees at the ABC: the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance and the Community and Public Sector Union.

Our goal is an editorially-independent ABC that is fully-funded by the government and meets its charter as a comprehensive national broadcaster, that is resourced to tell Australian stories across multiple platforms, and positioned to take advantage of new technology to retain its position as the most trusted and reliable source of news and entertainment in Australia.

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Protect ABC Classic FM

ABC Classic FM, Australia’s only national classical music broadcasting network, is at risk of a major restructure which will replace established presenter-led live-to-air formats with pre-recorded, digitally managed programming.

 

Broadcasting 24 hours a day, it presents a broad range of music to a loyal listenership, curated by knowledgeable and expert presenters. It has been a showcase for many talented Australian orchestras and musicians.

 

Act now to save this precious jewel of the ABC by adding your name to a petition to new ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie.

Dear Ms Guthrie,

We are concerned at continuing speculation that ABC Classic FM is facing further cuts to its programming and on-air line-up.

For many decades, ABC Classic has been Australia’s only national network broadcasting classical music.

It has a loyal following of listeners and has had a recognised impact in exposing audiences to classical music and showcasing the work of Australian performers and orchestras, especially in regional Australia where access to live performances are limited.

ABC Classic has a unique and crucial role in Australian arts and broadcasting.

There is ongoing speculation that a major restructure which would result in cuts to programming is imminent at ABC Classic.

These concerns have not been relieved by meetings between the ABC staff union and management.

The ABC charter requires the ABC to provide broadcasting programs of an educational nature, and to encourage and promote the musical, dramatic and other performing arts in Australia.

Any further cuts to ABC Classic FM, which has already endured cuts in recent years, would make it more difficult for the ABC to meet those requirements.

We request that you rule out further cuts to ABC Classic FM and commit to supporting specialist broadcasting at the ABC in line with the charter by adequately and sustainably funding the network.

Sincerely,