[ASC-list] Fwd: Re: Fwd: Re: Defending specialist science programs on ABC

Peter Pockley scicomm at bigpond.net.au
Thu Oct 30 00:40:24 UTC 2008

Posted at request of Robert Perrin of ANZAAS.
Peter Pockley

>Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2008 09:21:55 +1030
>From: Robert Perrin <secretary at anzaas.org.au>
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>To: David Horwood <techlines at optusnet.com.au>,
>  Tim Thwaites <timth at optusnet.com.au>,
>  Peter Pockley <scicomm at bigpond.net.au>, Nick Lomb <nickl at phm.gov.au>
>Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Fwd: Re: Defending specialist science programs on
>  ABC
>Hi David,
>Thank you for your note on the recent
>[correct]history of Earthbeat and the
>disastrous departure from the ABC of
>the excellent and talented Alexandra
>de Blas.
>ANZAAS has long been at loggerheads with
>ABC management over the arbitrary scrapping
>of programming which demonstrates the
>slightest hint of intellectual rigour.
> From the threat to the Science Unit at
>the time of the cancellation of Quantum,
>through the "doogueing  down" of Earthbeat
>and The Comfort Zone, and last year, the crass decision to broadcast 
>The Psychic Detectives and threaten the NHU, ANZAAS has had no 
>qualms in taking the protest
>beyond ABC management and into Government.
>Last year I wrote to federal ministers Coonan and Bishop, as well as 
>ABC  management,
>saying inter alia:
>"the broadcasting of irrelevant or lower quality
>programmes, as has happened over the past year,
>does great damage to the public image of science
>and to that of the ABC.
>I urge an immediate pause in implementation of
>this short sighted policy, and trust that you will
>first consult widely with the science community before proceeding 
>further down the slope to mediocrity."
>Perhaps this year ANZAAS could be joined by ASC in mounting a 
>vigorous protest?
>PS: FYI, the name, style, format, values and
>enthusiasm of Earthbeat has been taken up
>by Radio Deutsche Wella and Radio Hilversum
>in Europe and can be heard on the BBC World
>Service and ABC NewsRadio on Sunday afternoons.
>Robert Perrin
>Hon. Secretary and
>Executive Officer
>Thebarton Campus,
>The University of Adelaide,
>South Australia  5005
>tel:  +61 8  8303 4965
>mob: +61 0407 742  203


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