What Ita Forgot

In a recent speech in Canberra, ABC Chairman Ita Buttrose stressed:

that the national broadcaster did not only need funds for emergency broadcasting, but also, in her words, for “Australian drama, children’s content, ­independent public interest journalism and Australian music, arts, science and educational programs”.

She forgot to ask for money for culture wars, re-education programs, partisan propaganda, travel junkets, BBC purchases and other such important things that money must be taken by force from citizens to fund.

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47 Responses to What Ita Forgot

  1. miltonf

    What a tired old has been. Certainly showing her true colors.

  2. Lee

    Close it down now, or do as has been recommended for the BBC – make it pay-for-view or pay-for-listening.

    Why should I have to pay for a partisan left wing broadcaster spreading their bilge?

  3. nb

    ‘science and educational programs’
    translate to:
    ‘pseudo-science and re-education programs’

  4. Blair

    “…­independent public interest journalism”
    She’s right there. They don’t spend any of their current budget doing that.

  5. V

    Almost all of the childrens content is just bought from the BBC and CBC anyway.

  6. Yarpos

    It would be great if the ABC did actual emergency broadcasting instead of sending junior reporters to situations to do breatheless , non value adding, pieces to air in their nice new emergency service gear.

  7. r

    Yep you just need to watch the PC story-lines and left-wing dialog of latest new Doctor Who series.
    And Oz taxpayers funded the BBC (via Their ABC) for broadcast rights to that “children’s content”.
    Ita is clearly part of the problem – must be much easier job to work in big government than private media.

  8. Chris

    Rabz Doctrine!
    Mountain of skulls*!

    *insofar as it can be achieved without violence against women and gays, which we are totally against!!1!

  9. Chris

    It would be great if the ABC did actual emergency broadcasting instead of sending junior reporters to situations to do breatheless , non value adding, pieces to air in their nice new emergency service gear.

    Oh be real.

  10. Matt

    She needs money for legal costs to pay to the AFP as well….

  11. Pyrmonter

    Not sure there’s much wrong with the BBC purchases (excepting, perhaps, that they involve bidding against SBS) – if anything, my complaint is that there are now too few of them. Though the days when the BBC could be relied on for a steady diet of The Good Life, Yes Minister, To The Manor Born and Barchester Chronicles have sadly passed.

  12. Bruce of Newcastle

    Does the ABC do Australian drama now?
    News to me.
    I thought it dumped such things about 20 years ago.
    As for “independent public interest journalism”, my aching sides are aching!
    ROFLMAO with twist.

  13. Lee

    As for “independent public interest journalism”, my aching sides are aching!
    ROFLMAO with twist.

    The ABC is in no way “independent” (it relies on taxpayers’ money), and its views and opinions are not “independent” of the Labor/Green left.

  14. Yes, Their ABC needs money for programs few watch. I wonder if what’s happening in the UK with the BBC is causing her some concern?

  15. I_am_not_a_robot

    Ita also forgot to mention the ABC is also a great job creator.
    According to the ABC Annual Report 2019 there were the equivalent of 4,000 full-time employees 70% of whom were “content makers”, that presumably would include the nine staff members employed for Paul Barry’s weekly fifteen minute rant.
    The Report also states that total employee benefits were $531,000,000, for 4,000 staff that averages at ~$133,000 per staff member.
    As well as direct employment there is the multiplier effect working for baristas and restaurateurs in the Ultimo, Southbank and surrounding areas.

  16. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Does the ABC do Australian drama now?

    Unfortunately yes. See the reviews of these televisual feasts that Des Deskperson posts here. Unsurprisingly, they all sound as though they are, without exception, absolutely dire and lacking in any merit whatsoever.

  17. Herodotus

    Independent public interest journalism!
    What a joke.
    The only things (long list) it’s independent of is anything that reflects conservatism in any form, be it religious, political, scientific, artistic, literary, educational, gender roles, reality of energy systems, need for mining, and so on.
    Yes, they have done some local drama in the past 20 years, but laced it with all those memes dear to their lefty hearts.

  18. Michael Warren

    Keep Bluey, get rid of the rest.

  19. Wayne

    You can’t have too many spicks and specks repeats. M

  20. Chris

    Keep Bluey, get rid of the rest.

    Is this ‘Bluey’ a character on Blue Hills? That is almost how long ago I had to stop listening to these mofos despising my values.

  21. classical_hero

    The essential services can stay. Classic FM, since there’s no radio station similar. Emergency broadcasts can be done over the internet, isn’t that what the NBN is for?

  22. miltonf

    Classic FM why?…Schubert Brahms Beethoven Bach can all be heard on youtube.

  23. jupes

    Worst. Chairman. Ever.

    It’s probably no coincidence that we also have the worst Minister for Communications ever. (As far as controlling the ABC is concerned at any rate).

  24. notafan

    And she forgot

    Endless reruns of qi and grand designs

  25. Amadeus

    Yes, independent alright. Independent of what, Ita? Clear thinking? Reporting facts not fiction or merely opinions from her lame-brained reporters and commentators?

    As reported in the “Life of Brian”, he’s not the Messiah, he’s just a very naughty, naughty boy…!!!

    Or to juxtapose, Ita’s not the Messiah, just another useless celebrity out of her depth in the ABC shark tank.

  26. Entropy

    classical_hero
    #3327677, posted on February 18, 2020 at 6:07 pm
    The essential services can stay. Classic FM, since there’s no radio station similar. Emergency broadcasts can be done over the internet, isn’t that what the NBN is for?

    just what is provided you can’t get elsewhere?

    miltonf

    #3327693, posted on February 18, 2020 at 6:15 pm
    Classic FM why?…Schubert Brahms Beethoven Bach can all be heard on youtube.

    there are any number of ways to get anything you want classic music wise that would be superior to anything the ABC could serve up. You could even get your exact piece of music you felt like at any moment.

  27. Entropy

    Yarpos
    #3327511, posted on February 18, 2020 at 4:26 pm
    It would be great if the ABC did actual emergency broadcasting instead of sending junior reporters to situations to do breatheless , non value adding, pieces to air in their nice new emergency service gear

    TBF the commercials specialise in sending out young blonde reporterettes similarly outfitted. The difference is the commercial types are both better briefed and more fun to look at.

  28. Beachcomber

    Spurgeon Monkfish III at 5:13 pm

    Does the ABC do Australian drama now?

    …………… they are, without exception, absolutely dire and lacking in any merit whatsoever.

    Oh they have merit for the leftist establishment; as ideologically sound, cultural Marxist misinformation and agitprop.

    Here’s the latest offering: Stateless.

  29. miltonf

    You could even get your exact piece of music you felt like at any moment. without enduring an interview with Elizabeth Evatt

  30. Diogenes

    Classic FM why?…Schubert Brahms Beethoven Bach can all be heard on youtube.

    I gave up on ClassicFM a few years ago, even though my radios were literally welded to the station ever since ClassicFM started, and before that as a high schooler – 2BL for the Brekkie Show with Clive Roberson then Caroline Wilson, then over to FC to listen to (mostly) classical music or Parliament if it was in session.- and the Goons at midday Saturday on 2BL was a must listen ( Yes I was a nerd before the term was invented 🙂 ).

    I now listen to CalmRadio – subscribe for $100 a year to be free of announcements if you don’t want one every 2 or 3 pieces. I can choose to listen by genre, instrument, or by composer depending on my mood. With a hands free phone I can change genre/composer at will – right now listening to the Tallis Te Deum on the “Sacred Choirs” channel. I would rather my money go there than pay for the ABC

  31. Squirrel

    The ABC seems oblivious to the fact that the people who remember a time (now long-distant) when the ABC was less blatantly partisan, and actually produced Australian content which was watchable, are thinning out.

    When that group is gone, the ABC will have lost a crucial part of its political protection, and it will be that much easier for a future LNP government to either git rid of it completely, or cut it back to a bare-bones operation – mainly for rural/regional audiences.

    They will have only themselves to blame.

  32. miltonf

    Hope so. Seems like a leviathan that is completely out of control attacking anyone it feels like.

  33. H B Bear

    Don’t forget Snowcone and Mrs Snowcone. They are struggling to get by on half a million a year. And Old Leatery, an unemployable Hawke-era has-been, taking home six figures. Emma Alberscreechi,the economics graduate who cannot distinguish between revenue and taxable income.

    So many mouths to feed. And only a billion dollars a year to go around.

  34. Robber Baron

    The ABC board needs a makeover. Kevin Rudd needs to be appointed Chairman. He will destroy it within 12 months. Other appointees to should include Lucy Turnbull, Bob Brown, Paul Keating, Lydia Thorpe, Wahlid Ally.

    That board ought to ensure that it is totally unworkable as well.

  35. H B Bear

    “…independent public interest journalism…”

    By Louise Milligan.

    Bwhahahaaa.Hilarious Ita.

  36. Nob

    Beachcomber
    #3327763, posted on February 18, 2020 at 7:08 pm
    Spurgeon Monkfish III at 5:13 pm

    Does the ABC do Australian drama now?

    …………… they are, without exception, absolutely dire and lacking in any merit whatsoever.

    Oh they have merit for the leftist establishment; as ideologically sound, cultural Marxist misinformation and agitprop.

    Here’s the latest offering: Stateless.

    Here’s a quote from the description:

    Inspired by true events; a woman escaping a cult, a refugee fleeing with his family, a father trapped in a dead-end job, and a bureaucrat on the verge of a national scandal find their lives intertwined in an immigration detention centre.

    From what I’ve seen in immigration detention centres on mainland Australia, (do they still exist?) they left out the 50% or so of occupants who are simply criminals who did their time and were now fighting deportation at the end of sentence because they never bothered getting citizenship, or never risked the scrutiny that would involve.

    And the asylum claimers who were considered too great a risk of flight to be “detained in the community”. All were assigned an immigration lawyer whose only brief was to prevent their deportation regardless of the merit of their case.

  37. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Inspired by true events; a woman escaping a cult, a refugee fleeing with his family, a father trapped in a dead-end job, and a bureaucrat on the verge of a national scandal find their lives intertwined in an immigration detention centre.

    Must. Watch. TV.

    Not.

  38. Tintarella di Luna

    Michael Warren
    #3327626, posted on February 18, 2020 at 5:27 pm
    Keep Bluey, get rid of the rest.

    Hear Hear! With childhood long past and not having watched anything on the ABC since about 2007 I have only this past week discovered Bluey now that I am looking after my little granddaughter two days a week. Bluey is such a treat.

  39. Terry

    @ Jupes
    “It’s probably no coincidence that we also have the worst Minister for Communications ever.”

    Really? You don’t remember this guy?

    Malcolm Bligh Turnbull | Minister for Communications;
    In-office: 18 September 2013 – 14 September 2015

    Don’t let his escapades as a lame-duck, potentially-great PM diminish his spectacularly incompetent term as Minister for Communications. Yes, he has competition, but…

  40. Nob

    If Boris succeeds with his proposal to make BBC self funding, more people will see that ABC model is outdated and serves only the ABC.

    Emergency public broadcasting, if it’s really necessary, can be organised some other way.

  41. Crossie

    Emergency public broadcasting, if it’s really necessary, can be organised some other way.

    Text messages to mobile phones in affected areas work far better than any bilge from the ABC and the only costs are a technician with a computer.

  42. Text messages to mobile phones in affected areas work far better than any bilge from the ABC and the only costs are a technician with a computer.

    Each state, I believe, like Victoristan has an emergency mobile phone app that alerts you to any incident that you want listed for your area; fires, floods, wind storm, trees down etc. No one watches Their ABC for such information, which is pretty much non-existent anyway. The few areas that have poor mobile reception rely on locals and local radio (not always Their ABC). Nationally, Their ABC has become almost irrelevant.

  43. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    we also have the worst Minister for Communications ever.
    Really? You don’t remember this guy?
    Malcolm Bligh Turnbull | Minister for Communications;

    Fifield was staggeringly useless and incompetent as well.

  44. davefromweewaa

    It’s easily fixed.
    Just keep sacking
    producers and presenters who won’t interview sceptics until they are all gone!

  45. Mindfree

    Don’t forget it was Fifield who crawled under a rock in fear of Michelle Guthrie and who jumped out the one time to pile on areff for his comment re: a q&A episode where idiot guest claimed better chance of a fridge falling on you than being a victim of a terrorist attack

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