1 Aug 2018

The ABC is now run by managers who have never been content makers. The future of the ABC is in doubt, because they are removing the meat in the sandwich. A sandwich without the filling is no longer a sandwich.

The culture of an organisation comes from the top down and if managers don't have any background in the core business, well this is what you get!

“It’s become very clear that this does matter because they appear to have absolutely no idea, and also no interest, in how content is made.

The level of respect for content makers is at an all-time low. This is demonstrated by the manner in which content makers are referred to as ‘units’ to be shuffled around at any time to any place.”

Management reviews have resulted in the cream of talent leaving in waves: award-winning radio features producers were removed from Radio National, highly skilled TV and radio reporters were made redundant in newsrooms in every state and camera operators and journalists with decades of experience were deemed not to have the skills needed for a digital newsroom.

The ABC has also been breaking up its historic music and reference libraries, making 10 librarians redundant and digitising only a fraction of the unique collection.

There is also massive inefficiency in units where experienced staff are ditched for inexperienced staff who take longer to do a job because they don’t know how to do it, and they have no one to learn from.

The contempt of managers for older experienced staff has become a culture which has flowed out into the work floor and there’s now a generational divide.

Since 2014, more than 1,100 ABC staff have been retrenched – that’s one quarter of the workforce – and most of the retrenchments were older, experienced staff. A great deal of skills and knowledge has walked out the door and repeated restructures have ensured staff morale is at an all-time low.

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