What would you ask ABC’s Head of Television?

Tomorrow morning, we’re interviewing ABC’s Director of Television, Richard Finlayson, about all our national broadcaster has coming up in the future. We’ve got plenty of our own questions, but we want to know what you’d ask Finlayson.

Have a burning question about Q&A, iview, Peppa Pig, the ABC’s new local dramas, Silvia’s Italian Table or the scheduling of Midsomer Murders? Pop it in the comments section below and we’ll try and get an answer from Finlayson.

12 responses to “What would you ask ABC’s Head of Television?

  1. The ABC’s US correspondents seem to be so much in the Washington bubble, that they fail to report important stories such as the insurgent Presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders. The ‘spin’ tends to reflect that of the US mainstream media, i.e., no coverage, followed by dismissive coverage, followed by hostile coverage. The owners of these US media outlets were donating heavily to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. So ABC journalists need to treat their ‘reportage’ with a huge grain of salt. We get our news and commentary on US matters from quality online sources as do more and more Americans. The ABC should reemploy Helen Razer, this time as their chief political correspondent! She has more accurate and insightful comment on the US election than any other journalist that we have come across in this country.

  2. I read a lot and don’t watch a lot of TV. When I do, it’s usually abc, sbs or foxtel etc. I don’t watch the regular commercial stations because of the ads.

    Do you and your staff ever get sick of the rather precious criticisms leveled at your station?

    For instance, I just watched Matt Brown ( hope I got his surname right) reporting while embedded with troops in his armoured jacket and helmet (hope you are paying him danger money) and was struck by his illuminating report and his grace under pressure.
    I trust the ABC to deliver this sort of important journalistic news without fear or favor. I sometimes think people in Australia would benefit from being forced to watch what passes for news in developing countries ( and I suppose, some developed countries)
    I am interested to know if you and your team ever feel a bit “got at”in your own country? (I live in regional Australia, by the way.)

  3. I have canvassed and written on the state of the ABC. Most people I speak to agree that the ABC is failing to inform educate and entertain. In particular people want to be informed of local community and state issues. The major current affairs program 7.30 has degenerated to the level of A Current Affair with little reporting of these matters. Over the past year there has been a tedious coverage of: terrorism, ice epidemics, scam deals and mental health issues. While not wishing to deny these issues are important, I request that you investigate the content of 7.30 and ask how it can adequately cover state and significant issues such as climate change.
    I also request that the 7.30 hosts are varied to showcase different interview styles. I prefer the straight forward and intelligent style of Haydn Cooper to the shrill /cosy approach adopted by Sales depending on whether she is interviewing a politician or celebrity. Thankyou

  4. I think it would be nice if ABC news and shows started and stopped on the hour or half-hour. It would set a radical precedent for the Australian networks on how to adhere to a deadline with best practice quality. A side benefit for viewers would be the ability to record, for later viewing with spouse, without having to pad time before and after to ensure you get the entire program. For example, missing the first minute of Clarke & Dawe has a huge impact on that short show.

  5. When is the ABC going to scrap 7.30 and put on a tired British comedy or crime show in its place? The latter would be more entertaining and informative about Australian current affairs.
    Some reporters’ stories, and the usually excellent Monique Schafter’s interviews with arts/cultural people, are the only good things on it these days. (Of course, Leigh Sales hogs all the really famous people’s interviews, e.g. her gushing, overexcited ‘interview’ with Harrison Ford earlier this year.) Otherwise, 7.30 is a dead loss.
    Chris Uhlmann is a Liberal shill from way back; dunno why he carries around that stupid little notebook, 99% of his story ideas come straight from LNP HQ or the The Australian (I know, same thing really). And Leigh Sales is not only sycophantic towards LNP politicians, but mostly appears totally uninformed about the subject matter. Her pathetic attempts at ‘gotchas’ are a running joke. And on the rare occasion when some non-LNP type is on the show, she constantly interrupts their answers if they don’t give the ‘correct’ answer that she wants, so she can go onto the next unintelligent question on her autocue. And then there are the other nonentities and work experience kids who front the program or attempt ‘analysis’ when Sales & Uhlmann have a function to go to…
    7.30 is mostly unwatchable in its current form. Some idiot politician from Qld (oxymoron alert) wants to have a ‘Patriotic Broadcasting Corporation’ instead of the ABC, in order to more easily recycle government propaganda – no need to bother, 7.30 is more than fulfilling that part of his brief already.

  6. Drama draws talent from a wide range – not just actors but writers, directors/producer, designers, lighting and in TV’s case, picture and audio specialists. All are essential to a nation’s cultural development and to its population’s knowledge and entertainment.
    TV drama is now much less dependent on huge studios and unwieldy equipment. A single portable camera and lightweight associated gear now exists that can shot drama in genuine surroundings.
    Why not commission drama scripts or the dramatization of existing material and tender out/commission the production of the results across the country, using as many local talent as possible. A “flying squad” of star players, directors, DoP’s etc might be required.
    Such output could be one hours one-offs, for instance, marshalled into an Australian playhouse-type series.
    The standard might be uneven but who cares if sometimes and enduring piece of writing or acting or production results.
    Kudos would rightfully flow to ABC for inspiring local writers, actors etc, and for distributing production across the country. A fair proportion of the result would be appreciated by viewers and ALL would be genuinely Australian content.

  7. Here are some questions:

    1) Why are there no funny comedies on the ABC?

    2) Why does the ABC keep commissioning depressing relationship melodramas, based on novels by Melbournites, that no-one anywhere wants to watch?

    3) Why the obsession with generic legal melodramas?

    4) Is the ABC ever going to commission an “out there” show like Black Mirror, Mr Robot, etc, or is it just going to be more, erm, relationship melodrama as far as the eye can see?

    I look forward to his response.

  8. Why has the ABC given up producing quality documentaries? Why don’t they have a documenrtary slot? And why don’t they screen the work of local documentary producers?

  9. why doesn’t the abc have a programme featuring live local music or at the very least a magazine style programme about local music on a weekly basis. Isn’t that part of the abc’s charter to support local arts/music?

  10. The question to ABC is why have they gone from being known for the really hard questions to the Coalition to now being one of the cabinet ministers. Very sad then Labor memeber and you treat them with disrespect and disdain. Why invite any of them on?

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