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Petitioning ABC MANAGING DIRECTOR MARK SCOTT and 2 others
This petition will be 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

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.


Letter 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.

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.