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Last updated on August 8th, 2017 at 05:20 pm

The ABC’s audience share is shrinking:

Channels Seven and Ten may be tussling over who deserves the title of TV’s biggest winner for 2006, but there’s no dispute about who is the biggest loser. That’s the ABC – down 9 per cent in average audience …

No surprise there; the vast number of ABC Glass House viewers have all committed suicide. Why, it’ll swing the next election!

Posted by Tim B. on 11/26/2006 at 11:18 AM
    1. Is the amount they extort from Australian taxpayers also shrinking?

      If it isn’t then what’s to worry about for the parasitic left?

      Posted by Rob Read on 2006 11 26 at 11:44 AM • permalink


    1. “Producers have welcomed the ABC’s move towards outsourcing more t.v.
      They are calling ABC Staff elitist for opposing the plans.” source The Australian.

      Posted by crash on 2006 11 26 at 01:03 PM • permalink


    1. Why should anyone be surprised? The fact that the ABC management is now talking about about trying to “encompass different viewpoints”, shows that even they are beginning to realise the ABC’s disconnect from reality. Any objective person can measure this quite simply any night of the week, by comparing the items in an ABC news broadcast with those on a commercial TV or radio station. To experience an ABC broadcast is like being away with the fairies on Planet Fairfax.

      Any private corporation would have long recognised the loss of customer support, brought in a new MD and sacked all the upper and middle level management.As it is, a whole generation in the ABC needs the boot. The ABC needs to be liberated from the cold clammy,atherosclerotic grip of the baby boomers. It’s a pity Kerry Packer isn’t around to do it.

      Posted by Big Arnie on 2006 11 26 at 03:41 PM • permalink


    1. The overseas content on ABC TV (a significant component) is basically ‘UKTV’, even SBS has a broader range of English language programs on a presumably smaller budget.

      Posted by egg_ on 2006 11 26 at 04:13 PM • permalink


    1. They need to get rid of those “black clothes, shaven head and wispy mustache” types – and some of the men as well.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 11 26 at 04:19 PM • permalink


    1. the ABC staff are suffering from stockholm syndrome.
      they have withdrawn in on themselves and believe the whole world is out to get them in some kind of all consuming neocon conspiracy.

      Posted by vinny on 2006 11 26 at 04:19 PM • permalink


    1. The ABC continues to stagger and become less relevant. They could make the dollars that fill their trough of taxpayer funding go further, by halving the salary of the “worlds greatest journalist” Kerry O’Brien. Doing so would release funding for at least 10 Howard hating crock of crap programs, not unlike The ArsehouseGlasshouse.

      Posted by Gravelly on 2006 11 26 at 04:19 PM • permalink


    1. SBS does much better, for much less dollars, especially with documentaries.

      Posted by boxofmatches on 2006 11 26 at 04:44 PM • permalink


    1. Sorry to keeping beating my favourite drum (I appear on this site with another nom de blog), but even if Kezza’s program were the most scintillating, stimulating and exciting program on TV (which it certainly is not), wouldn’t commercial sense say that after 15 years plus, it’s time for a change. But that’s the problem with the ABC: freed from having to justify themselves to the stockholders, like private-sector corporations, and totally alienated from what the ordinary Aussie wants from the media (and many of their executives privately despise the Howard-voting herd), they have no incentive to refresh their programs and provide new ones that are entertaining and informative. So, we get grey institutional public broadcasting that has all the excitement of wet cement.

      Once upon a time, the ABC represented the highest standards of broadcasting: objective, informed, dispassionate, reflecting all that was fine about the Australian character. For people in Asia and the Pacific, some of whom were suffering under dictatorships, it was a beacon of truth and the democratic standard, in a smaller way, like the BBC. As a young man in Asia, I tuned to the ABC and BBC to get reliable and dependable world news, that was not available locally. Unfortunately, since that time, both institutions have lost their way and their standing in the world is now sadly diminished.

      Posted by Big Arnie on 2006 11 26 at 06:25 PM • permalink


    1. Both the ABC and BBC appear to have been playthings of “elites” for way too long. The BBC outsources a lot of its main production but the news shows the same corrosive bile towards anything not deemed ‘worthy”.
      Why both channels insist on describing civillian murdering terrorists as insurgents is an example in question.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 11 26 at 07:50 PM • permalink


    1. Big Arnie, “Once upon a time the ABC represented the highest standards of broadcasting”…Yes, it did, and I had the great privilege of working there as a young journalist during the early 70s. Then came Gough & the dismissal & overnight politicisation. Auntie has never recovered from the shock. Last time I tuned in to the ABC was about five days ago. The kids lasted about a minute and switched back to South Park on Foxtel.

      Posted by mareeS on 2006 11 26 at 08:28 PM • permalink


    1. And we read “most teenagers don’t know January 26 marks the arrival of the First Fleet.” And one Education Minister named Carmel mixed up her fleet and federation today on Melbourne radio. Sounds like education by ABC. We need to get to the XYZ of it. Which reminds me of a song’s lyrics.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2006 11 26 at 08:42 PM • permalink


    1. Actually, their audience isn’t really shrinking, depending on how you measure it.  Philco Adams has been absorbing unsuspecting individual lefties into his own tissues, so in terms of basic mass, there’s little real change.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 11 26 at 09:26 PM • permalink


    1. Everything is now so entrenched in the ABC that it is hard to imagine an acceptable fix.
      A suggestion: In line with its user-pays principles, the government could tie the amounts granted to the ABC on the ratings achieved by Granny.
      The dollars must also be allocated to the various ABC departments on the basis of their programs’ ratings. For example, let’s see how much the News and Current Affairs Propaganda Department’s products are being consumed by the taxpayers, and allocate that department’s funds accordingly.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2006 11 26 at 09:35 PM • permalink


    1. Channels Seven and Ten may be tussling over who deserves the title of TV’s biggest winner for 2006, but there’s no dispute about who is the biggest loser. That’s the ABC – down 9 per cent in average audience …

      Ha!  The response from the ABC Management and Staff would be….

      “Oh. And the problem is?  We are not chasing ratings, you know.  We are Government funded.  Who’s for another latte?”

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 11 26 at 10:38 PM • permalink


    1. #14 Magnificent idea Skeeter -no matter what we pay we get monkeys.
      Why not pay a lot less-for predictable,formulaic drivel or best of all wipe the slate clean.
      A new national institution with a New Name, controls set to put an end to bias either way,new staff, get rid of the hanger on JJJs and stuff, that’s not what a serious broadcaster does and hive off the bitter and twisted comedians,pop culture dilettantes, yarts grannies and harpies, academics in their pocket- and any journos over sixty five.
      They do not understand that their Gough junket is long gone -the public has moved on. Sack O’Brien, Doogue, Trioli, Adams, Negus, Kostakidis, Delroy, Cassidy, Jones, Brockie, Enus, Attard, Matt Brown, Fran Kelly, Marr, Kohler,Williams, Lizzie, Sandy (if still clinging on.) That will clear the air.
      Can Radio Australia,which is steeping our neighbours in Asia and the rest of the world in a cesspool of filthy, phatty, hate mongering against ABC’s home country and our other friends. Other countries should know that the ABC and SBS fail year after year – way below the bottom rating non public media. Clean out the stables.
      Did I leave anyone out?

      Posted by crash on 2006 11 26 at 10:45 PM • permalink


    1. The ABC’s audience is shrinking? Not another fad diet.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 11 26 at 11:45 PM • permalink


    1. Slightly O/T
      Anyone else notice the article in the Sunday paper about the lack of candidates for the next Big Brother?
      Apparently here in Bris there were only 200 people who showed up to audition for this drek. That’s 1/10 of those who turned up last year.
      Perhaps this type of program will now be deemed obsolete? (Only to be replaced by more drek!)

      Posted by kae on 2006 11 26 at 11:46 PM • permalink


    1. I much prefer your plan to mine, crash, but I doubt that even the present government has the cojones to implement yours.
      Under my plan, the monkeys we’re presently stuck with might lift their game when they see their incomes going down with their ratings.
      Whaddaya think?

      Posted by Skeeter on 2006 11 26 at 11:54 PM • permalink


    1. #16 – I feel that any new broadcaster would only end up hiring a lot of the old staff, simply because there aren’t a lot of people in the media industry with the experience of ABC staffers.

      Far better simply to expose the ABC to commercial pressures – incrementally remove funding and force the ABC to earn additional revenue through advertising. They will shed the fat or they drown like rats.

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 11 27 at 03:38 AM • permalink


    1. Maybe it’s just me, but I reckon ABC has become more watchable in the past few weeks since the fair-balance call was made…

      Posted by anthony_r on 2006 11 27 at 04:09 AM • permalink


    1. #21 – They still want to assist the ALP in scalping the AWB and tarring/feathering the government. No matter that, in tandem, they are trashing Australian interests. No matter that Saddam earned vastly more money sending oil by trucks through Kurdistan, earning him in any week what the AWB slipped him (under the counter) in years. Still we hear that “Saddam’s bullets” argument again and again and again …
      Rudd, Beazley and ALP Inc. are again demonstrating that they are unworthy of government. The ABC is still their handmaiden.
      The ABC and the ALP seem to have a unison positon in putting their own interests above those of the Australian people, who could not give a stuff about the wheat kickbacks, but do care that the wheat trade is being ruined by the publicity brought on by a (failed) political putsch.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 11 27 at 06:19 AM • permalink


    1. Pehaps we can tar the ABC/ALP with this brush.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 11 27 at 06:35 AM • permalink


    1. #22 – I did say becoming more watchable.  But I regretted my post as soon as I saw Red Kerry’s intro tonight.

      Yeah, the “funding the insurgency” bit really grates.  Also grating is that Aussie wheat may have gone into Saddam’s sandwiches.  Can someone look up “fungible” please?

      Posted by anthony_r on 2006 11 27 at 06:55 AM • permalink


    1. #9 “Once upon a time, the ABC represented the highest standards of broadcasting …” technically also? … until apparently David Hill told the techs that during the then ABC-televised cricket, the grass “wasn’t green enough” and so a custom green filter “the grass is greener box” was born … have to check out some of the ‘Late Night Legends’ on ABC2 digital for a green chroma spike … nowadays also apparently the talent overrules the techs, so if your eyeballs are being strobed by Kezza’s checked ties, complain to the management!

      Posted by egg_ on 2006 11 27 at 07:34 AM • permalink


    1. #20 We don’t WANT the experience of ABC staffers.
      They are tainted now.

      Posted by crash on 2006 11 27 at 10:41 AM • permalink


    1. #25 The ABC transmissions we receive in SEQ are “technically challenged”.
      It’s the only channel that uses a satellite feed to the Mount Tamborine translators. All the other channels — including SBS — take their feed off air from the Mt Cootha transmitters in Brisbane.
      At the receiving end, the digital signal is forever breaking up, especially at weekends when there are no techs on duty.
      I once tried to phone them during one of these long drop outs and finally got on to a cleaner in Ultimo. He was friendly, but no help.
      I have also complained to the ABC that it’s the only channel that can’t get its captions to fit onto an old format TV screen.
      Their answer: The captions are outsourced and they can’t do anything about it.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2006 11 27 at 05:46 PM • permalink


    1. Skeeter they love the sound of their own voices so dearly you couldn’t STARVE them out. You would have to “pry the mike out of their cold dead hands…”
      Anyone notice the contradiction on the full SCREEN sized photo of AWB Flugge pointing a GUN at the camera on ABC 7.30 report with Red Kezza….when the commercial media are castigated for showing NORMAL sized photos of Hix with a rocket launcher..too prejudicial ABC wails.
      Oh and the other AWB guy in trouble- with a machine gun. Hypocritical ABC and O’Brien.

      Posted by crash on 2006 11 27 at 08:59 PM • permalink


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