Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Save Our ABC

Hi guys, I know this is the equivalent of spam.....(well almost).... but I'm sure the ABC has provided you all with many cherished memories throughout your childhood.

Auntie's funding is underthreat, and here's something you can do about it. It only takes 2 seconds. Let's make it to 50,000, ppl!

I've taken part in a national petition to restore the ABC's funding, and we're now aiming for a target of 50,000 signatures before it's presented in Canberra.
As it stands, 35,000 people have signed the petition in three working days. Can you help us get to 50,000 signatures by tomorrow?
The deal is, currently the ABC provides four national radio networks, 60 local radio stations, three internet music-based services, a free-to-air digital channel and over 1.7 million pages of online content, for about half the budget of a typical metropolitan television station.
The ABC is struggling to get by today on $264 million less in real terms than it had 20 years ago. That's why you've been hearing talk of ads on the ABC, even though the government is expecting a $9.7 billion surplus.
To change the course of the ABC's future we need to stand up in its defence.
We know that without a robust ABC, we'll lose access to a distinctly Australian voice in our media, as well as quality independent content, from news and in-depth current affairs to trustworthy children's programming.
Please join me at crucial moment in standing up for a future that includes public-driven, not profit-driven Australian media.
Help deliver a 50,000-strong petition before the government makes a decision that affects us all.

Thanks dudes,


Blogger Hooch said...

i have no idea what it is....but when i find out i'll put it up. jude said it's somethingaboutcanoes.blogspot.com....or something. she wasn't sure either. don't have time right now to check it out. but her blog name is canoe, so search that or something is mu guess.

good luck

30/3/06 10:16  
Blogger Will said...

Cutting of funding is just the start of there problems, there was a meeting today outside the Sydney office to protest against a bill currently in the processed of being rushed through the senate (its in its second reading stage) that will strip the ABC employees and bord of choosing their own CEO in favour of a government appointed director. This obviously leaves the station much more open to politicisation. We could see the death of auntie as we know it, being replaced by Uncle John instead. Indecently in a study done by the government last year it was found that the ABC is already running under budget.


30/3/06 17:10  
Blogger Hooch said...

Uncle John! *shudder*.
all quite shocking. glad you signed the petition. i hope all the rest of you are doing the same/anything else that you can to help.


3/4/06 10:19  

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