ABC Alumni

Former staff & supporters standing up for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Absurd twist on old laws makes journalism a crime

ABC Alumni has made a late submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press

We acknowledge concerns in the media industry about new laws affecting media freedoms, but also raise concerns about new interpretations of older laws being used to to secure search warrants against media outlets or practitioners. Read more

ALP says Coalition misleading on ABC funding

Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland says the Government has ignored at recommendations from two separate inquiries that there be stable funding for the ABC.

Ms Rowland says both the Senate Inquiry into allegations of political interference in the ABC and the ACCC’s 18-month Digital Platforms Inquiry examined recent Liberal budget cuts to the ABC, and both recommend stable funding for the ABC. Read more

The Federal Government is again trying to compel the ABC to further increase its regional coverage and involvement.

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has re-introduced legislation to require two ABC board members to have regional links or experience and the creation of a regional advisory council to reflect the views of local communities. Read more

There were many ABC alumni at the farewell for veteran TV executive Marena Manzoufas who died in July.

The former ABC & SBS programmer was one of the first female executives in the male-dominated TV industry.

She had been an early champion of multiculturalism in NSW which led to her being recruited to SBS when it was founded in 1980.

Marena joined the ABC in the late 80s as Head of Acquisitions and ABC International. Under her guidance, Bananas in Pyjamas went international and the ABC purchased a huge catalogue of movies.

She left in the mid-90s to work for production company Beyond, where she developed and sold Australian content for audiences here and overseas. Marena returned to the ABC in 2001 as Head of Programming until retirement in 2010.

ABC Alumni welcomes the establishment of a second parliamentary inquiry into media freedom.

The Senate narrowly voted to have its communications committee examine laws on whistleblowers and journalists.

The issue has been fiercely debated since the Australian Federal Police raids on the ABC Sydney headquarters and the home of News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst.

The Senate inquiry will look at the disclosure and public reporting of sensitive and classified information. It will also examine the laws relating to the use of warrants for journalists and media organisations.

The Government opposed this inquiry, saying the issues will be adequately covered by an investigation now underway by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.