The ABC TV program Art Nation (Sundays at 5pm) will go, and Radio National’s Artworks and Artworks Feature programs on Sunday mornings will also go. The Book Show will become something called Arts and Books, which probably won’t be profiling dance! As The Australian says (5 September 2011):
Without Art Nation on ABC TV and Artworks on Radio National, the broadcaster will not have any programs directly covering the arts, despite arts coverage being a key plank of the ABC Charter.
We can’t afford to lose this profile from such an authoritative voice and we want reassurance that these programs will not be axed. Now is the time to act, while ABC management is still finalising its plans for 2012.
Let the ABC to know you care about losing such significant dance coverage, especially at a time when a National Cultural Policy is being developed.
- Contact the managing director, Mark Scott by emailing the ABC
- Write to Mark Scott and chief operating officer David Pendleton at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, GPO Box 9994, Sydney NSW 2001
- Telephone the ABC: 02 8333 1500; TTY 1800 627 854 (deaf & hearing impaired)
Make sure you let us know you’ve voiced your concerns, and keep us informed about any responses.