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Humphries wants ads on the ABC

By colsim 10 November 2005 24

Gary Humphries has called for advertising to be allowed on the ABC

From the ABC news website Ads touted to fund ABC drama

Ummm – Tool.

[ED – Senator Humphries media release is also up. Personally I don’t mind the way ads work on SBS (good for toilet breaks) and if the ABC produces another quirky bloody game show instead of something of lasting value I think I’m going to scream]

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terubo 2:08 pm 11 Nov 05

They did run a weekly business show of some sort but it got shafted a year or two ago – quite rightly, it was pretty dire.
I think they do run international business stories on news occasionally…it is “World News” and therefore not much local corporate stuff gets on (unless its ‘big’ enough).

colsim 10:00 am 11 Nov 05

On the question of SBS news/caff – is it just me or do you almost never see stories about big business on SBS news. Not saying that this is due to external pressures, most likely it’s that there’s more than enough depressing world affairs stories to fill a bulletin without needing to look at corporations but for a more nationally focussed broadcaster like the ABC, local corporate stories do get a lot more play.

(And yes, SBS do still have a lot of great doco’s that some advertisers mightn’t like so much – as much as they love the SBS A/B audience)

colsim 9:36 am 11 Nov 05

Hi Mael and Thumper – no offence intended (I have enough trouble with English 🙂 – I was just responding to the comment about the so-called ghetto-effect of language programming (my words, I know)

terubo 9:13 am 11 Nov 05

OK, Spectra, here’s a little challenge for you…
It’s one thing to refer us to John Doyle’s speech (and I’ve got no problem with it whatsoever – the parts I read at the time), and to raise the spectre of what COULD happen to the ABC should it go down the advertising path.
But – what’s your solution? How about an idea or two heh?
I think limited advertising is one option; I can’t think of anyone I know in SBS News/CAff who feels that advertising has impaired the independence or integrity of that department – and they’ve had it for some years now.
Another model perhaps is licence fees, as in the UK. And talking UK, I don’t think anyone claims that ITN or any ITV current affairs shows have been influenced by advertising.
So over to you Spectra: the ABC ain’t gonna get a massive funding boost from govt coffers, the standards of many of the programs are slipping….so how are we going to get more money into the joint to improve production values and attract the best program-making talent?

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