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 OAM is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend, and was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize in 2020. In 2021 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Room Awards Association. Most recently, Richard received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2024. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts