As media moguls and mining magnates jostle for potential control of Australian media, the time is ripe for people in regional areas to acknowledge the significant role played by our national broadcasters: ABC and SBS.
It is increasingly important for the public to have access to independent media outlets, untainted by commercial imperatives. Together, the ABC and SBS provide a thorough analysis of national and local issues, an Australian perspective on world events, access to foreign-language news and films, high-quality Australian drama and support for local performers, filmmakers and writers. They actively reflect the cultural diversity of our nation.
Without SBS and the ABC there would be little reporting of sports such as soccer, cycling or any forms of women’s sport; there would be little discussion of religion or ethics; little reporting of scientific or rural issues; and limited access to classical music. The vast network of ABC regional stations provides vital information in times of national disaster.
For those who agree with these sentiments, there is a seminar at Bangalow A&I Hall starting at 2pm on Saturday 18 February, where a range of people from the Northern Rivers will express their support for the national broadcasters in the presence of two federal members (Janelle Saffin, MP for Page and Justine Elliot, MP for Richmond). Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Neville Jennings, Kingscliff (President, Northern Rivers Friends of the ABC)