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Australia: Government: ABC SBS Review Digital Economy


Pfft. It’ll never catch on… (image: Duke.edu)

You’ve got until THIS Friday to have your say. That’s the way it works, don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger:

On 16 October 2008, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced the release of a discussion paper aimed at stimulating ideas and comments about the future roles of Australia’s two national broadcasters, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).

If you know what you want to say, say it on the government site. Not sure? Then have a look at the PDF background info.

Actually the ABC has some points to consider:

The ABC and Australia’s Future

The Towards a Digital Future discussion paper outlines the key issues facing public broadcasting, with a series of questions that include:

  • How should the ABC fulfil its charter requirement to provide “comprehensive broadcasting services” in a multichannel, multiplatform media environment?
  • Should the ABC Charter be amended to ensure it is relevant, looking forward to 2020?
  • Are there opportunities for the ABC to use new delivery platforms such as broadband internet to more effectively provide universal access?
  • What is the role of the ABC in promoting Australia’s cultural identity?
  • What role should the ABC play in provision of children’s content and should there be a separate children’s channel?
  • How might the ABC use new technology and platforms to enable Australians to be informed at local and national level?
  • Should the ABC expand its international services and if so, in what form?
  • Is there scope for combining parts of the ABC and SBS operations to improve operating efficiencies, without compromising their separate identities?

There’s also Managing Director Mark Scott’s letter. So you can have your say.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

2 thoughts on “Australia: Government: ABC SBS Review Digital Economy

  1. Posted my submmission on blog http://socialfutures.blogspot.com/ love to see other peoples submissions and maybe have some discusion in less formal way

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