On Aunty Jonathan Holmes
ON AUNTY: A MUST READ FOR ALL WHO CARE ABOUT THE ABC
SURVIVING RECENT DRAMAS AND THE AGE OF DISRUPTION
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.