Jennifer Collins: ringside in the arena of ABC change

Beneath a decorously savage surface, the ABC has relentlessly turned vague cliches into solid restructures. What does this look like to a patient veteran?

The upper reaches of the ABC have been an intellectual battlefield for generations because it is responsible to Australian society. 

We’ve seen the ABC struggle with its own imperial nature, to focus outwards, to become part of the screen sector, to take on the internet, to connect with audiences. We have seen bucketloads of cliches about de-siloing, about a national conversation, about new technologies, about a ‘digital first’ ABC. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.