I am dismayed by the indulgent mawk-fest that the ABC has engaged in on the Canberra airwaves since 6 this morning regarding the sad deaths of three ABC staff.
About half an hour of Breakfast on RN this morning – OK, I share the sorrow and sympathy.
But then through the day more than half of ABC News Online was devoted to the deaths. And more than half of Radio National’s PM.
Get a grip, ABC staff!
I tuned to ABC to catch Canberra’s excellent 7.30 – and the ABC had decided to broadcast Sydney’s half-hour tribute to the employees nationally – on both ABC2 and ABC1.
Like many Canberrans I have been a rusted-on ABC viewer and supporter for years, and the local ABC is brilliant – but today’s coverage has been so self-indulgent as to be unprofessional.
Is our broadcast culture being Americanised? This is talk-show-esque.
[ED – While feeling their pain I too thought devoting most of the 7pm news and and all of 7.30 to this subject was self-indulgence at the expense of their audience]