We've just signed a submission to the Senate Inquiry into recent ABC programming decisions, a move led by our ArtsPeak colleague NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts).
We've been concerned by announcements lately that the ABC plans to axe some arts programs, but we're also keen to see regular arts news integrated across the news rather than as a token 'what's on' item at the end. ArtsPeak also made the point that the ABC's other arts programming should not be left under-resourced or dumbed down for the sake of ratings.
We're not able to share the submission just yet, as we're obliged to wait until it is published on the Senate website.
In the meantime, there have been some interesting articles in the media about arts programming on the ABC. In a Sydney Morning Herald opinion piece, the ABC's managing director, Mark Scott, defended the decision to cut arts programs, and in The Australian, Michael Shrimpton, a former ABC head of arts and entertainment, responded.
See what you think!