Take your complaints to the ABC

Earlier today, NINE and Fairfax announced a “merger” proposal.  In this case, the word merger actually means takeover, or specifically in this case, euthanizing an ill competitor.

It is very sad that a long lasting and venerable media institution is disappearing and this will lead to a reduction in media diversity.

According to reports, Fairfax staff (current and former) are upset.  Fair enough.

But if they and any other Fairfax fans want to complain, they should do the 2.4 km march from the Fairfax offices in Pyrmont to the ABC offices in Ultimo because there has been no greater contributory to the demise of Fairfax than the ABC.

Why voluntarily pay for the SMH/AGE when you already pay (at the threat of force) for the ABC?  It’s pretty much the same content after all.  Why advertise with the SMH/AGE when the eyeballs are taken away by the Government media machine?

Yes.  It really is a sad day in Australian media, but the illness started a while ago.  Today is perhaps a recognition of the extent of the disease.

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33 Responses to Take your complaints to the ABC

  1. Natural Instinct

    Is this why the red bandana one did a screen test recently on the ABC?
    .

    linky

  2. Tom

    According to reports, Fairfax staff (current and former) are upset.

    They should have thought of that before they turned Fairfax into the fake news capital of the Australian media industry and consequently a commercially worthless shell.

    If you idiots want to be angry, take it out on Clown Prince Greg Hywood, who let you run the joint like a workers collective where ethics and credibility went out the window.

    No-one could believe a thing you wrote. Your destruction was all your own work.

  3. There’s only room for one Leftist rag and Their ABC covers all bases.

  4. jupes

    It is very sad that a long lasting and venerable media institution is disappearing and this will lead to a reduction in media diversity.

    Or not. As you point out, Fairfax produce the same bilge as the ABC and we still have that abomination.

  5. stackja

    Young Warwick met Laurie Connell. What could possibly go wrong?

  6. egg_

    Is this why the red bandana one did a screen test recently on the ABC?

    Speaking of old white Superannuants.

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    Earlier today, NINE and Fairfax announced a “merger” proposal.

    “the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable”

  8. Linden

    Dear ole aunty abc will next be complaining that they need a budget increase so it can take on all the disaffected Fairfax jornos’

  9. H B Bear

    Fauxfacts is arguably one of the worst managed companies in Australia. Sure the industry economics are crap and have been for a few decades but they missed every boat except Domain.

  10. the sting

    I agree with the author. The ABC has brought Fairfax down . Now when the merger is settled sell the ABC.

  11. Dear ole aunty abc will next be complaining that they need a budget increase so it can take on all the disaffected Fairfax jornos’

    I think Their ABC already has cleaners.

  12. Herodotus

    … who let you run the joint like a workers collective where ethics and credibility went out the window.
    Applies equally to the ABC, which is saved from a similar euthanasing by taxpayers’ money and political paralysis.

  13. Linden

    He should migrate to NZ,

  14. .

    Now, all we’d need to do after this is argue successfully that the ABSBSMH is, in fact, obsolete and as necessary as publicly funded and provided horse watering stations along major highways.

  15. RomeoWhiskey

    2:08pm Sydney time on ABC news

    World renowned economic expert Emma Alberici effectively admitted that ABC news online took eyeballs away from Fairfax sites. I’m pretty sure that she was just trying to show viewers how awesome ABC was, but largely conceded that a free funded organisation had competitive advantage over a commercial enterprise. Fancy that….

    Bonus economic analysis points to Emma for comparing Fairfax’s share price to other spinoff share prices (Seek etc) as a guide for worth of each company…..

  16. Don’t mention SBS, they make my blood boil. A few years ago I could watch SBS without being inundated with crappy ads that are de rigueur for commercial TV and now these ads infest SBS like any other commercial station. And they get the taxpayers coin. It’s totally ruined my enjoyment of watching the Food Channel.

  17. .

    Really though, branching out as a Foodie channel and Aussie outpost of a post-McInnes beachhead of Vice shows why they’re no longer needed.

    Stavros, Supachai and Yoshi can get their news from the motherland over the web. No need for fifty different Saudi Arabian pop music radio stations.

  18. NB

    ‘Today is perhaps a recognition of the extent of the disease.’
    And the inevitable conclusion [drum roll]:
    Socialism good.
    Capitalism bad.
    Socialism produces a vibrant and successful institution delivering the Truth, an antidote to the evils of a Trumpified world.
    Capitalism lets the populace engage in mindless consumerism with all the good money that rightly belongs to Fairfax staff. Socialism has gulags to send you to for this behaviour.
    My ABC: Love it. Sell it.

  19. Howard Hill

    Winning! Only four more to go. Nein, Ten, SBS and the ALPBC and all will be at peace with the world again.

  20. Howard Hill

    Oops! Forgot the Seven idiots. Only five more to go.

  21. stackja

    This seemed to fly under the radar:

    FAIRFAX MEDIA AND NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA ENTER PRINTING AGREEMENTS
    18 July 2018:
    Fairfax Media Limited [ASX:FXJ] (“Fairfax” or “Company”) today announced it has entered into agreements with News Corp Australia that will see the publishers use each other’s printing networks.

    Fairfax Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Greg Hywood said: “The printing arrangements make the production of newspapers more efficient for both publishers. These are landmark initiatives. They demonstrate a rational approach to the complex issues facing the industry.

    “Better utilisation of existing print assets makes sense and will deliver economic benefits to Fairfax Media.”

    News Corp will provide a range of printing services for Fairfax in New South Wales and Queensland. Fairfax will print publications for News Corp out of its North Richmond (NSW) plant.

    Fairfax will transition work from its print centres in Beresfield (NSW) and Ormiston (Queensland). Once complete, those sites will close.

    There will be no change to the availability of Fairfax newspapers.

    Mr Hywood said: “The agreements deliver greater cost variabilisation, enabling us to produce newspapers well into the future.

    “Our decision to rationalise some printing assets reduces capital intensity. We expect the combination of the new arrangements, and the changes to Fairfax’s printing network to result in an annualised full-year benefit of approximately $15 million. The financial benefits are expected to begin towards the end of FY19 H1.

    “From today we are consulting with staff at our printing centres affected by the new arrangements. Fairfax is committed to providing comprehensive assistance and support and will meet all our employment obligations.”

    Fairfax and News Corp will continue to explore further opportunities.

  22. Old Lefty

    The hacks in the Fairfax worker soviet have themselves to blame. As Gerard Henderson often points out, the SMH used to be the paper of the middle classes, but it now does nothing but direct a torrent of scatological adolescent insults at its traditional readership: anyone politically to the right of Lee Rhiannon, who owns shares, believes in God or goes to church, sends their kids to non-government schools, believes in heterosexual marriage, etc. etc. And the Green-voting hipsters the SMH and the Age are trying to court don’t buy traditional newspapers.

  23. JohnA

    Tom #2772603, posted on July 26, 2018, at 11:35 am

    According to reports, Fairfax staff (current and former) are upset.

    They should have thought of that before they turned Fairfax into the fake news capital of the Australian media industry and consequently a commercially worthless shell.

    If you idiots want to be angry, take it out on Clown Prince Greg Hywood, who let you run the joint like a workers collective where ethics and credibility went out the window.

    No-one could believe a thing you wrote. Your destruction was all your own work.

    Or as Sir Joseph Porter would say:

    “This is the consequence of ill-advised asperity.”

    “For I’ll teach you all ere long
    To refrain from language wrong
    For I haven’t any sympathy for ill-bred taunts…”

    “No more have his sisters nor his cousins or his aunts”

  24. Squirrel

    “Why voluntarily pay for the SMH/AGE when you already pay (at the threat of force) for the ABC? It’s pretty much the same content after all. Why advertise with the SMH/AGE when the eyeballs are taken away by the Government media machine?”

    That sums it up very nicely – and the ABC have already caught the spirit (unwittingly, of course) of what is about to happen with Nine and Fairfax with their Upper Middle Bogan series.

  25. .

    As Gerard Henderson often points out, the SMH used to be the paper of the middle classes, but it now does nothing but direct a torrent of scatological adolescent insults at its traditional readership: anyone politically to the right of Lee Rhiannon, who owns shares, believes in God or goes to church, sends their kids to non-government schools, believes in heterosexual marriage, etc. etc. And the Green-voting hipsters the SMH and the Age are trying to court don’t buy traditional newspapers.

    It is actually so offensive it turns the woke into Breitbart readers.

    My friend was a lefty once. He read the SMH.

    One day he said “I am sick of their loser attitude!” He then found out about libertarianism and conservativism.

    And that’s a true story.

  26. Egor

    “It really is a sad day in Australian media,”
    Errr….Please Explain.
    I was thinking: more an example of how bullshit agitprop in leaflets doesn’t function well outside unis.
    But that’s just me.

  27. Up the Workers!

    Fauxfacts disappearing???

    Won’t bother me…I’ve always used Sorbent anyway.

  28. Oh come on

    It is very sad that a long lasting and venerable media institution is disappearing and this will lead to a reduction in media diversity.

    Sparty, you’re concern-trolling. Fairfax might be long-lasting but it ceased being venerable some time in the 1990s. Media diversity is exploding these days. Fairfax, or the absence of Fairfax, plays no role in this.

  29. Habib

    The only sadness is that the marxist white-ants that destroyed a once valuable organ are only to be made unemployed, not hurled into the troposphere from a Mi17. And any of them that’re connected will wind up slumming at their ABC. An asteroid strike would result in urban renewal in every capital in this third-rate hovel.

  30. Mother Lode

    there has been no greater contributory to the demise of Fairfax than the ABC.

    And yet they love to pretend that the reason for their woes is that the ‘hate media’ (i.e. less frantically left wing than themselves) has been seducing readers away with their hate-news.

    The belief is that if you deny the benightedly ignorant flutter that swirl and spiral about those false lights like moths around a light bulb.

    In fact the real reason their circulation shrunk so far was because people were saying “I am not your ignorant moth.”

  31. Mother Lode

    Woops.

    The belief is that if you deny the benightedly ignorant flutter that swirl and spiral about those false lights like moths around a light bulb, then they will correctly orient themselves by the true light – Fairfax.

  32. By becoming a Greens/far left Labor mouthpiece , Fairfax chose to deliberately alienate 50% of its potential Readership.

    That business plan worked well , didn’t it ?

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