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Should ABC expand its international network if it can't spell its name?

Posted: 08 Feb 2010

"ABC managing director, Mark Scott, says the organisation is still in talks about broadcasting the international television service, Australian [sic] Network, into China. Speaking at a Senate estimates committee in Canberra, Mr Scott also said he would find out more about a recent Australian newspaper claim that the ABC has run pro-Chinese military propaganda in a series of documentaries produced by a company founded by a senior Chinese official. Restrictions on western broadcasts into China have precluded the Australian [sic] Network being broadcast there and negotiations with Chinese officials are continuing." ABC Radio Australia News, 8 February 2010. It's "Australia Network," not "Australian." It's spelled correctly later in the same story.
     "A controversial film about Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer may have been pulled by the ABC to promote managing director Mark Scott's vision of a 'soft diplomacy' role for the public broadcaster. Producer John Lewis yesterday told The Australian the ABC had bought the rights to the documentary about Kadeer, The 10 Conditions of Love, and scheduled it for broadcast on December 17. However, the film never went to air. 'We had believed that the line "the Australian film China doesn't want Australians to see" would be a good one for the ABC to use to publicise its broadcast,' said Mr Lewis, who worked in senior roles for ABC TV for about 20 years. 'It would be most regrettable if it were to be instead "the film that China and the ABC don't want Australia to see".'" Rowan Callick and Sid Maher, The Australian, 9 February 2010.
     "The ABC is currently attempting to gain broadcast rights into China for its Australia Network international service. Mr Scott insisted China would not influence editorial decisions. 'I always reinforce to them the independence and integrity of the ABC as a public broadcaster,' he said." Ari Sharp, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 February 2010.
     "ABC managing director Mark Scott has questioned why the ABC should have to tender every five years to continue running the Australia Network television service. At parliamentary committee hearings in Canberra, Mr Scott argued for expanded international broadcasting to create what he called an 'integrated radio and television brand', bringing Australia Network and Radio Australia closer together. But Mr Scott says the tender process required by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for the Australia Network is a constraint not faced by the ABC domestically or other public broadcasters like Britain's BBC." ABC News, 8 February 2010.
     "While there has been no formal funding request, the ABC is looking for global expansion to match its launch of new channels at home. The push comes as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd seeks greater influence abroad, including a UN security council seat." Ben Packham, Herald Sun (Melbourne), 16 February [sic] 2010. See previous post about same subject.

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