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After Lateline, the brave new world of better broadcasting

13 Oct 2017
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The BBC charter is up for renewal, and members of senior and middle management have been co-opted into a working group “to identify what the BBC does best and find more ways of doing less of it better.” Actually, that’s fake news — or news fiction. It’s a summary of the first episode in the latest series of BBC Two’s satirical documentary W1A. BBC insiders have attested to the accuracy with which the series (whose title is the postcode of Broadcasting House in London) depicts a corporate culture in which ever more resources are indeed being devoted to finding ways of doing less.

At the ABC, which in so many respects mirrors the BBC, a similar range of scrambled corporate imperatives is being rolled out. In programming areas where our own national broadcaster purports to do best, like current affairs and investigative journalism, the quest to find “more ways of doing less of it better” is the order of the day. Or so it would seem, going on managing director Michelle Guthrie’s speech to the Friends of the ABC last week ...

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