Skip to content Skip to main navigation

ABC’s loss is RiotACT’s gain: Genevieve Jacobs to join writing team

Ian Bushnell 13 April 2018 110
Genevieve Jacobs

Genevieve Jacobs will be writing for the RiotACT on local issues. Photo: Supplied.

Former ABC radio Mornings presenter Genevieve Jacobs is to join The RiotACT team, developing a series of in-depth articles on key local issues.

Jacobs, who was unceremoniously dumped from the ABC’s line-up last year, said she was looking forward to developing the series of stories with The RiotACT about the issues that she knew connected directly with Canberrans.

“So, the development changes we’re facing, the amount of green space, what kind of say we’ve all got in the direction of our city, issues like the arts versus sport, the kind of pressures we see on regional communities as a result of Canberra’s growth, they’re stories I’ve been enmeshed with through my whole career as journalist in Canberra and in surrounding NSW. And I just want to continue that community conversation,” she said.

Jacobs said The RiotACT offered the opportunity for it to be a genuine conversation and she looked forward to energising the discussion among the readers and asking people for opinions and ideas so it became a true fulcrum for discussion.

“Online provides a really unique opportunity for that to happen, and The RiotACT is such a strongly dedicated local Canberra voice that it is the perfect place to have those conversations,” she said.

Jacobs detected a lot of concern about where Canberra was heading and whether the city was going to do it well.

“People are uncertain about the future, they’re concerned about the level of development, they’re concerned about what of kind of parameters there is around that development and there’s a real need for us all to be consulted and listened to as changes take place and to question what kind of values are being applied to this process, whether we get a better, more sustainable, more livable city out of it at the end,” she said.

But Jacobs said the Government had a fair point that the debate couldn’t be limited to the same voices all the time.

“That’s a particular characteristic of this town. We’ve got a very well informed community who are willing to step up on community issues but we do have to find a way to talk to everybody,” she said.

“The Government is right to a certain degree that it is only the loudest voices that get heard and that’s not true consultation, so it is challenging to find a way to give everyone a voice.

“I hope that what we’re doing here at The RiotACT can be part of that voice because it’s an open forum, people have just got the keyboard in front of them and that’s the fastest way to engage but it’s a worthwhile thing to try to find different ways to communicate.”

With the traditional media fragmenting, Jacob sees a great opportunity for local news.

“Undoubtedly the future is digital, and I think there is a strong opportunity in really localised content,” she said.

“I think what we see less and less of across the old mainstream media outlets, is strong local content as staffing and resources are stripped away – it’s the same stories around the country rather than stories that are strongly connected to local communities. I just think there’s a big chunk of that and that’s where The RiotACT can play a strong role.”

In the latest survey covering the period February 4 to March 31, ABC Radio Canberra lost listeners across all timeslots and fell from the No.1 to No.3 station with a 12.9 per cent share, a drop of 4 percentage points.

“It’s a matter of real regret that the ABC, which has always been so closely entwined with the Canberra community, is going through a period of turbulence and change, perhaps risking a loss of engagement with the Canberra community and Canberra local issues,” she said.

Mornings without Jacobs, fell 2.1 percentage points, while Breakfast, anchored by Dan Bourchier, suffered the biggest drop in the ratings, losing 5.6 percentage points since the previous survey last September.

The deployment of Mornings presenter Adam Shirley to the last half hour of breakfast failed to boost the program.

MIX 106.3, is the new number one station, leading across all time slots with a share of 18.1 per cent, followed by with Hit 104.7 (15.1 per cent).

What's Your Opinion?

Please login to post your comments, or connect with
110 Responses to ABC’s loss is RiotACT’s gain: Genevieve Jacobs to join writing team
Sue Harvey Sue Harvey 4:51 am 14 Apr 18

666 just not the same without Geraldine 😢

Julia Evans Julia Evans 2:14 am 14 Apr 18

Great news. She has been sadly missed on ABC radio.

Diana Abdel-Rahman Diana Abdel-Rahman 1:20 am 14 Apr 18

Well done Genevieve we loved and now miss her on radio

Tracy Noble Tracy Noble 12:44 am 14 Apr 18

Great news! Can’t wait to follow.

Judith Abercromby Judith Abercromby 11:42 pm 13 Apr 18

Fantastic that Genevieve will contribute to this forum, but her personal engagement skills really shine through on radio - her voice was music to the ears. The same cannot be said for Dan Bourchier - to my mind he just doesn’t ‘work ‘ on radio or tv. Nor does he have the depth of experience and background in local matters to have credibility and appeal . I hope ABC Canberra has the courage to admit the mistake they have made.

Judith-Ann Sjostedt Judith-Ann Sjostedt 10:52 pm 13 Apr 18

The ABC has lost heaps of listeners since Genevieve left and serves them right.

John Shaw John Shaw 10:41 pm 13 Apr 18

All I can say is Woohoo!!!

Stephen Calder Stephen Calder 10:13 pm 13 Apr 18

A million likes for this. Did anyone else seen the drop in ratings for the ABC since Gen left?

Andrew Naunton Andrew Naunton 9:51 pm 13 Apr 18

ABC breakfast is hopeless. I’ve heard better work experience students who sound less scripted and turn up for more shifts than the current fool. ABC please accept that you stuffed up with this one, move him on.

    Ed N Joanne Towner Ed N Joanne Towner 5:24 pm 14 Apr 18

    Yep. I don't know who that thought he would resonate with because it is not me and other friends. He just does not have the personality for radio and not a good T V news reader either!

Rachael Crane Rachael Crane 9:38 pm 13 Apr 18

I have missed you Genevieve!

Kylie Beer Kylie Beer 9:25 pm 13 Apr 18

This is great news! I’ve missed listening to Genevieve in the mornings.

Karen Kentwell Karen Kentwell 9:18 pm 13 Apr 18

Great news

Martha McEvoy Martha McEvoy 8:52 pm 13 Apr 18

The wonderful Genevieve spoke at our friends of Ireland event at March and it really again displayed how much we miss her. Bring her back we say

Justine van Mourik Justine van Mourik 8:27 pm 13 Apr 18

Sally Hopman coffee with Genevieve?

Amanda Caldwell Amanda Caldwell 8:23 pm 13 Apr 18

Look forward to the addition of Genevieve's encyclopedic knowledge of CBR and region

Jen Jen Jen Jen 8:16 pm 13 Apr 18


Claudia Walmsley Claudia Walmsley 8:06 pm 13 Apr 18

Miss you Genevieve!

Gerard Jenkins Gerard Jenkins 7:42 pm 13 Apr 18

I miss your voice, Genevieve! This will have to do till the The RiotACT has its own radio station.

    Kim Bal-Al Kim Bal-Al 6:41 pm 14 Apr 18

    Podcasts are the thing they really need to start one up.

Michelle Taggart Michelle Taggart 7:42 pm 13 Apr 18

GJ will be a great asset to the Riot ACT. Miss you on ABC radio.

Jan Gulliver Jan Gulliver 7:33 pm 13 Apr 18

Great news. Miss Genevieve so much on the radio

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Copyright © 2020 Region Group Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. | | | |

Search across the site