Hutchi­son wrong

The Sunday Times - - YOUR SAY WA - JUNE LLEWELLYN Ersk­ine

I’m a big lover of the ABC and its pre­sen­ters, ex­cept for Ge­off Hutchi­son.

I’m not a bit sur­prised his seg­ment is de­clin­ing in the rat­ings (Lis­ten­ers switch from ABC, TST, Jan 6).

His style is be­com­ing all too pre­dictable and when some pas­sion­ate lis­tener con­trib­utes a strong opin­ion about some issue that doesn’t con­form to Hutchi­son’s view of the world, they are shut down very quickly, with a pretty caus­tic, ar­ro­gant and judg­men­tal com­ment or two.

Some­times it is very un­com­fort­able lis­ten­ing. Con­sid­er­ing that our mul­ti­cul­tural, age­ing so­ci­ety has such a di­verse range of is­sues fac­ing it on a daily ba­sis, it would be nice to think ra­dio pre­sen­ters are pur­vey­ors and in­flu­encers of pos­i­tive and tol­er­ant at­ti­tudes and give voices to a re­al­is­tic cross-sec­tion of its au­di­ence.

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