Sunday Tasmanian - - NEWS -

AF­TER the ABC man­age­ment/ board fi­asco, is there a chance that the tax­payer can ex­pect real news, by which I mean in­ter­na­tional and na­tional po­lit­i­cal, fi­nan­cial and sci­en­tific in­for­ma­tion? News that is rel­e­vant to de­ci­sions I make as an in­di­vid­ual?

I don’t need to know who has been sex­u­ally abused whether yes­ter­day or 30 years ago, or who has been “slut-shamed”. Or how many ghost PMs we have.

I don’t need to know how much anyone drank in their youth.

I do not need to know any­thing about sport or who has been caught drink-driv­ing. If I wanted to know th­ese things I would turn to the com­mer­cial chan­nels.

I switched from ABC news when they were so poor on in­ter­na­tional news to SBS, but now SBS has de­te­ri­o­rated into the sen­sa­tional.

What­ever hap­pened to that ABC ra­dio pro­gram: “This is the Bri­tish Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion pre­sent­ing news from around the world?” I used to lis­ten to this 10-minute pro­gram on my way to school in the 1960s and ’70s. Far su­pe­rior to the ABC

Break­fast pro­gram now on TV — for three hours from 6am to 9am, all you get is repet­i­tive drivel with the pre­sen­ters’ repar­tee or opin­ions but not much of any sig­nif­i­cance that is newsworthy.

Bring back real news with­out the com­men­tary. Cur­rent pro­grams are an in­sult to any think­ing Aus­tralian. We just want the facts. Ann Frith Som­er­set

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