On Aunty Jonathan Holmes

ON AUNTY: A MUST READ FOR ALL WHO CARE ABOUT THE ABC

SURVIVING RECENT DRAMAS AND THE AGE OF DISRUPTION

Jonathan Holmes is one of Australia's finest journalists. He's been making sense of complex stories for decades. Now, in On Aunty, he turns his gift for insight and intellectual clarity towards the national broadcaster he's worked for since 1982.

MEET THE AUTHOR

Jonathan Holmes in conversation with Paul Barry. Gleebooks at Glebe, Wednesday March 27 6pm BOOK HERE

The recent news of a settlement between the ABC and sacked former managing director Michelle Guthrie was a reminder of the dramas that beset the organisation last September.

What really happened? Want to know more about the Guthrie-Milne fiasco? Or the Alberici and Probyn affairs? And why is the ABC now under critical threat?

ABC Alumnus Jonathan Holmes charts a clear and concise course through the ABC's recent period of turbulence.

'Aunty' is now an octogenarian, and it's hard to recall a more troubled period at the national broadcaster: budget cuts, ferocious political pressure, sagging staff morale, leadership chaos and hostile commercial rivals.

Audiences continue to desert broadcast TV and radio, competition is cut-throat in the digital landscape. What is the ABC's place in the era of media disruption? Can it reach a younger audience on new platforms while still satisfying its loyal fans?

Jonathan Holmes addresses these questions and more in the just-released On Aunty

Whether you know a little or a lot about the recent ABC troubles, we strongly recommend this small but value-packed new book.

It has all the hallmarks of Jonathan's journalism: it's a blissfully concise, very well-researched, authoritative and easy-to-read account of last few years at the ABC and of the challenges it now faces in a changing media landscape.

As fellow alumnus Kerry O’Brien says on the cover

Jonathan Holmes has worked for public broadcasters on three continents over forty-five years. He joined the ABC as Four Corners executive producer in 1982 and retired in 2013 after five years of presenting Media Watch. Holmes still reports occasionally for ABC TV.