Ditto the ABC/SBS. An ideological gun-battle won’t work, but a really good audit and lots of budget cuts might do more good than anyone expected.
It’s surely time to consider some fresh ABC series like The Hamster Decides. This could become an exciting new iview program which can also be watched on older content platforms such as the Marconi wireless, home-made crystal set and ABC1 television.
In The Hamster Decides, those whacky pranksters, the Chaser ‘boys’, are locked in a room with three baseball bats, a bag of cement and a hockey stick. They battle it out to find out which one of them gets his contract renewed. This edgy, ironic new series is bound to be a big hit with younger viewers.
I’d also love to see an entire episode of Q & A on the topic of ‘Why I’m Paid More Than You’.
Fabulously well-paid Tony Jones could adjudicate as Leigh Sales, Virginia Trioli, Phillip Adams, Jon Faine and Kerry O’Brien justify their salary to each other.
An interesting new twist – or maybe not – would be to have the entire audience made up of other ABC journalists and senior managers.
Philippa Martyr blogs at Transverse City