Is the ABC’s new TV arts show a ‘cynical make-good’?

Can the ABC’s newly announced TV program reverse the degraded coverage of the arts on the national broadcaster?

High-profile ABC broadcaster Virginia Trioli has been announced as the host of a new primetime ABC TV arts program.

The as-yet-unnamed program, which is described as taking ‘the audience into the world of major arts luminaries’, will air in 2024.

The announcement of the new program follows repeated and sustained criticism of the ABC after the Corporation made its two most senior arts journalists redundant and abolished its dedicated arts unit in June this year.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts