What a joke? Mark Scott, MD of the ABC, threatens to stop broadcasting Peppa the Pig because of a funding cut that is so minor that a packet of bandaids is not required to cover the scratch.
It is akin to the US case where any cut to government funding is met by threats to close the Washington Monument, all Smithsonian museums, all national parks, etc. etc.
Of course, last year with the short term budget blockage, this manipulation by public servants was in full flight. The decisions by the people to take matters into their own hand (eg. Vietnam war memorial in Washington) and some of the states to provide temporary funding to keep these sites open put paid to the cynical tactic.
Actually, I’m not sure why Peppa is so popular. Joe, now 18 months old, quite likes the show (and books), although he is not much on TV generally. But why the fuss? An ordinary pig family – very traditional, with mum doing all the work – doing ordinary things. Que?
In any case, let one of the commercial channels pick up Peppa; I’m sure they will be only too happy to oblige.
Suck it up, Peppa on the ABC, I say.