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Martin Harrison was founding producer of ABC Radio Art in the 1980s and presented the writers’ program Books and Writing. He has written extensively for radio and is a widely-published poet. He has also published a collection of essays about contemporary poetry and the practice of writing, Who Wants to Create Australia? and Other Essays. He is currently the recipient of an Established Writer’s Fellowship from the Australia Council; and teaches writing, sound and radio at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Platform Papers 01
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Platform Papers 01

'Our ABC' a Dying Culture?: One Way Forward for Arts Programming

Martin Harrison
 

Recent ABC programming is causing growing disquiet, that quality is giving way to ratings. Is the national public broadcaster short-selling the regions and cutting its coverage of the arts in favour of cheap studio game shows? ABC TV no longer has a primetime arts program, the audio program The Listening Room has been abolished, there is little original music and dance programming on ABC television; the online arts portal, ‘The Space’, is no longer maintained.

Martin Harrison investigates these changes and proposes a radical way forward.

Currency House | 978-0-95812-124-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB