No more fat to cut

Your’s, mine and their ABC.  No fat to cut so says News director Gaven Morris.

Make no mistake, there is no more fat to cut at the ABC. Any more cuts to the ABC cut into the muscle of the organisation.

Really.  Believe us.  We have no vested interest in this.

Well, currently running on ABC’s flagship current affairs program Four Corners is a 3 part expose on the supposed relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin:

It’s the story of the century: The US President and his connections to Russia.

In a Four Corners special series, award winning investigative reporter Sarah Ferguson follows the spies and the money trail from Washington, to London, to Moscow.

Spartacus has watched the first of the 3 and won’t make a comment about the “balance” of the story, except to highlight the title of part 1:

Trump/Russia: Secrets, spies and useful idiots

But why is an Australian public broadcaster flying over to and all over the US (and London and Moscow and possibly other destinations) to present a story on Donald Trump?  Are there any particular insights that Sarah Ferguson can extract that US media outlets can’t?  Is there some Australia specific presentation that warrants ABC expending all such resources?  Are there no more relevant Australia specific programs that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation might cover?

If the ABC wanted to run a story on Trump and Putin, presumably there would have been less expensive options that could have been purchased; options that did not require all the costs and challenge of numerous business and first class trips around the globe?

If Mr Morris does not believe there is any fat left in the ABC he is clearly looking in the wrong places.  He might start looking between his ears and the ears of the current affairs management and production teams.

Mr Morris should also consider doing something that is required of managers outside the public service – prioritisation.  When resources are not endless, choices have to be made and priorities set.  This is generally known as Management 101.

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15 Responses to No more fat to cut

  1. Entropy

    Mr Morris should also consider doing something that is required of managers outside the public service – prioritisation. When resources are not endless, choices have to be made and priorities set. This is generally known as Management 101.

    You forgot politics 101: any more talk of cuts and Peppa Pig gets it!

  2. a happy little debunker

    What I love about this $ corners report is that they actually interviewed a highly regarded intelligence asset that has worked within the Trump empire since 2006 – AND THEY STILL CAN’T PROVE ANYTHING.

    Worst Intelligence Services, ever!

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    The ABC no longer commissions any drama other than sanctimonious propaganda. Most of their news is obviously fake. Much of the rest is the recycled mush produced by the BBC. They no longer have any interesting documentaries having passed these to the SBS and the commercial channels. About the only thing they do have are children’s shows, which clearly are required for arse protection since any time the ABC budget is threatened even minutely it’s all “but think of Peppa Pig!”

    Any autopsy of this strange beast would find that once the fat is excised there would be nothing at all left.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if us poor blighted taxpayers could somehow find a way not to have to pay for this blubbery behemoth?

  4. Boambee John

    Hasn’t Peppa Pig been produced in Singapore for some time?

  5. Percy Popinjay

    Is there some Australia specific presentation that warrants ABC expending all such resources?

    The donation of tens of millions of Ozzie taxpayers’ dollars to the Clinton Crime Syndicate by that poodle fluffer, Fishnets Downer?

    Don’t forget how many of its drooling cretins the ALPBC sent to a certain recent wedding in Londonistan.

  6. egg_

    Wouldn’t it be nice if us poor blighted taxpayers could somehow find a way not to have to pay for this blubbery behemoth?

    The multi-teated skywhale comes to mind.

  7. H B Bear

    Please. Mrs Snowcone is an award winning j’ismist.

  8. Up The Workers!

    I see that in this mornings’ “Paywallian”, there are two stories with the following headlines:

    1). “ABC Retracts Mass-Murder Slur”, and
    2). “Serial Public Defecator Resigns”.

    Sounds like a tautology to me.

    (Michelle Guthrie, we’re all looking at you!)

  9. cynical1

    Where are all the Ivans with suspect brollies, when they are really needed.

  10. Mother Lode

    It never ends.

    I was at a coffee shop this morning getting something to jump-start me for the day. On a TV on the wall they had that slide show thingy where they flash up a still picture with a headline, then show another couple of lines of detail.

    I am pretty sure it is an ABC service – there logo is in the corner. (I wonder how many ABC geniuses know what that logo represents.)

    Anyway, one story after another of absolute dross. The MONA in Hobart, some woman trying to stop wild horse culls etc.

    The they must trawl the minutiae of history for with nets woven from social justice causes – and with a very fine mesh, considering what it catches.

    There was one story that struck me about some woman around the turn of the 20th century who revolutionised shapewear! Some new design that was supposed to be more comfortable, or use less whalebone (2 SJW causes for the price of one if that was the case!) or something.

    Now, if a man had made this invention would it have been considered worth remarking on. I doubt it because there have been countless low profile inventions – most by men – that the ABC doesn’t report on at all.

    The woman was responding to a need as she saw it. Had a man done it he would have been responding to the same need, simply more altruistically since he did not use these corsets where the woman inventor would have.

    Now, as far as that emotionally stunted and intellectually choked breed – wymminses – is concerned these garments ought never have been invented in the first place. Men should never have tried to shoehorn women into their ideal, but should have embraced women, lovingly filled their tear-brimming eyes with the sight of the purple coloured shaved hair, the tattoos, the black make up, the weighty body piercings, the Michelin-woman rolls of fat protruding from where goth clothing fails to meet – you get the idea.

    So, woman invents a new corset and she is a hero. A man does the same thing and it is nothing. For women, they lower their expectations.

    But the ABC saw the word ‘woman’ and were smitten.

  11. Mother Lode

    there logo

    How embarrassment.

  12. The BigBlueCat

    Sarah has form when it comes to imbalance … but in the promos for the show, she is heard asking a Russian “are you a spy.” … dumb question really … the answer will always be “no”.

    It’s not fat that needs to be cut at the ABC … it’s lard!

  13. Mother Lode

    Oh, and they sneeringly claim that Finland is something like thirty times more innovative than what they refer to, with ostentatious pointedness, as ‘the land of the free’.

    Someone wrote a book that depicts America in a bad light and Europe in a good light, and that is good enough for them.

    Pity all that Finnish ingenuity is being squandered defending themselves from Trump’s paymaster: Putin.

    Right, Comrades?

  14. Bill Shorten is going on about saving the ABC because rural communities depend on it for news and other information. Bill, this is one of the original reasons for the establishment of the ABC. Information and culture outside our cities. Why would the rural services need to be cut? You’d be better off leaving your red herrings at home and consider cutting life juice to city centric, high rent, opinionated commentators and expensive “investigative” overseas journalism, covering matters widely reported by international organisations.

  15. Squirrel

    The prospect of a 24/7 free-to-air news channel on the WIN Network is encouraging, and should make an interesting contrast to the ABC news channel. It might actually be the sort of stuff that people outside the inner Sydney/Melbourne bubble are interested in – and if it can be done at no cost to the public purse, that will beg an obvious question.

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