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).

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110 Responses to ABC’s loss is RiotACT’s gain: Genevieve Jacobs to join writing team
Donal O'Sullivan Donal O'Sullivan 10:11 pm 01 Jul 19

I used to listen to 666 quite often for the broad range of topics confidently and competently covered by Genevieve and her vast knowledge and insights into local and regional topics in the Canberra/NSW region. Genevieve's replacement/s seem to me to have little knowledge and experience of our region and their delivery comes across as stilted, humourless, and shallow. In my opinion the ABC really stuffed up when they gave her the flick. Don O'Sullivan.

LanyonRegis LanyonRegis 6:45 pm 19 Apr 18

The audience older than 40 wasn’t good enough for the ABC, they wanted the young ones. Trouble is their target audience doesn’t even know they exist!
When the ABC management sacked Genevieve they revealed themselves to be totally incompetent. Either that or they are deliberately sabotaging the ABC for the benefit of their conservative media mates.

Marylouise Bolger Marylouise Bolger 10:37 am 19 Apr 18

Well said dave

Jane Robinson Jane Robinson 2:08 pm 18 Apr 18

ABC's gone mad... congratulations Genevieve, I am looking forward to reading your work.

David Ashley Jacobs David Ashley Jacobs 11:57 am 18 Apr 18

A timely addition to your team, a popular decision, we may all continue to appreciate Genevieve's knowledge and networks

Scheherazade Roberts Scheherazade Roberts 10:04 pm 17 Apr 18

I hardly ever listen to 666 anymore. They have lost some great presenters, including Genevieve. I’m glad she has landed on her feet.

Chris Tazreiter Chris Tazreiter 5:57 am 16 Apr 18

Yes ABC Canberra took a massive downhill step when they replaced Genevieve. It feels like a youth policy, but there are so many other radio options for younger people who don’t appreciate mature dialogue. It just doesn’t feel right anymore. All those brilliant voices have gone, including Genevieve. Looking forward to her contributions here. 👍

Rimon Dawalibi Rimon Dawalibi 1:06 am 16 Apr 18

She is doing well like ever

Sarah Mamalai Sarah Mamalai 12:02 am 16 Apr 18

Genevieve was such a wonderful host on 666, that station’s barely worth listening to without her conversations about local stores. Terrible casualty of cost cutting. Bad call ABC, great score RiotACT 👍👍

Craig Wallace Craig Wallace 10:19 pm 15 Apr 18

Fantastic - wonderful news. What a win for the riot act

Elle Cee Elle Cee 9:58 pm 15 Apr 18

Good! So miss Genevieve on ABC 666, not just her great local knowledge, the interesting people she found to talk to, but also her good humour. Humourless radio is very boring.

Ricardo Mendonça Ricardo Mendonça 9:33 pm 15 Apr 18

I can’t stand the 2 morning presenters, bring back Genevieve

Gary Tobin Gary Tobin 8:52 pm 15 Apr 18


Sally Bray Sally Bray 8:28 pm 15 Apr 18

I am so glad Genevieve is still around. My husband and I miss her on the air.

Sue Foster Sue Foster 6:55 pm 15 Apr 18

Great news. Can't waste talent like that.

Tamara Cutcliffe Tamara Cutcliffe 6:22 pm 15 Apr 18

I don’t listen to 666 anymore after they dumped GJ.

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