Strangling Aunty: Perilous Times for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Authors: Small, Virginia

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  • Assesses the institutional status of the ABC by drawing on the theories of cultural capital and institutional analysis
  • Examines how the ABC has dealt with changing political and media environments
  • Explores how the corporatist shift is inadequate for delivering the ABC Charter and its ideals
  • Analyses an incompatibility between mimicking commercial competitors and delivering on its Charter
  • Investigates the deleterious impact of a strong but defensive internal staff culture
  • Includes analysis of the impact and implications of digitalisation on the media landscape
  • Draws on interviews with senior staff and former managing directors of the ABC, transcripts of ABC Archives, Hansard, the Australian National Archives, and government inquiries
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Drawing on a wealth of academic research, statistics and interviews with key Australian media people including present and former Australian Broadcasting Corporation staffers, this book explores the transitions of the ABC under various types of organisational re-strategising, governance and political shifts.

The book provides the reader with an authoritative narrative as to how the ABC has lost its iconic status in Australian society, and unfolds how the ABC has strayed from its respected public charter which endowed the ABC with a distinctive and important role in informing, educating and entertaining the Australian public. Successive federal government funding cuts have shrunk staffing levels and services while it has pursued a corporatist model that mimics the trappings and practices of commercial media. In that process it has become politicised and trivialised, thereby threatening its demise. The book is a unique and timely contribution at a time of dwindling interest for the funding of public assets everywhere. There is no other book in the market that addresses the decline of the organisation (the ABC) and analyses the reasons for its demise within an organisational theoretical framework.  
The book is written for an educated general audience, with academics and media practitioners specifically in mind, and has everyday applications for business organisations operating in the public sector by bringing together important findings of public funding, budgets, management and organisational strategies and evolution.

About the authors

Dr Virginia Small is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Business at UNSW ADFA Canberra and has worked at the ABC for over 18 years in a variety of broadcasting roles, prior to that she was also a finance journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald and a money market reporter at Australian Associated Press. At the ABC she was a respected newsreader and economics journalist, and produced and presented a high-rating business program on Radio National. As a news broadcaster and journalist, she gained a day-to-day insight into the goings-on of the ABC and the changes of management and its impact. She has a doctoral degree in communication, a master’s degree in professional communication and a master’s in literature.



Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Strangling Aunty: Perilous Times for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-16-0776-9
DOI
10.1007/978-981-16-0776-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-16-0775-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 1105
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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