RESTORE FUNDING TO ABC RADIO DRAMA
  • Petitioned MARK SCOTT

This petition was delivered to:

ABC MANAGING DIRECTOR
MARK SCOTT
CHAIRMAN OF ABC BOARD
JAMES SPIGELMAN
MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
Hon SIMON CREAN

RESTORE FUNDING TO ABC RADIO DRAMA

    1. 7-ON PLAYWRIGHTS
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      7-ON PLAYWRIGHTS

      Australia

ABC RN has announced plans to axe radio drama. Here’s the URL: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-25/radio-national-plans-program-cuts-to-save-money/4279846 

If you happen to live outside a capital city, or are short the $75 for a theatre ticket, radio drama is a cultural lifeline.Not so long ago, ABC Radio National commissioned some 40 drama scripts a year. 

Now, there will be nothing: no work for writers, actors, composers, producers, and nothing for the listeners. 

The ABC states that radio drama is not economically sustainable. But it has been operating for so long on so compromised a budget, the broadcaster has created a self-fulfilling prophecy: reduced resources – and questionable time slots – mean compromised productions, and may eventually translate into a drop in ratings. 

Change is important. By all means, take a critical look at what radio drama is doing, and how it might develop to take advantage of new platforms and technologies, new ideas and audiences. But slashing it entirely? ‘Citizen journalism’, listeners’ stories, reality programs are fine but no substitute for the art and craft of professional artists.

Sign the petition and help preserve one of the most democratic and significant forms of Australia's cultural fabric.

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    • Michael O'Brien AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      Radio drama needs more money, not less! In Britain the BBC presents many hours every week of new drama; in years gone by, so did Australia. Don't let this form of entertainment wither and die.

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    • Paul Hudson LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      Drama is essential to the development of our listening and creative skills

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    • Glenn van Oosterom AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because the Arts are vital. They contain our history and shape the future. They are the human element of an ever crowded business existence

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    • Alistair Hyde Page AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Australia is a vast country, but we have always found ways to communicate and share our stories. While News and opinions are share with the speed of light, radio drama's take time to develop and distill before they are shared. With digital formats so readily available at the moment, there is no excuse for there not to be a national format for sharing stories.

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    • Heather Macleod AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      I love radio dramas. i remember listening to radio dramas on holidays in the car. It was my introduction to pleasurable radio listening. As a child i heard the news my parents listened to but radio plays were something i could relate to. They instilled in me a love of radio as an easy go anywhere entertainment. I still love them (at age 63).

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