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The new radio service will benefit residents of Warlpiri Country, in the Northern Territory. Rusty Stewart

The ABC’s Aboriginal news service is a sound idea

Some 40 years ago, on any remote island in the Arafura Sea, that stretch of water between Darwin and Papua New Guinea, if a group of Yolŋu were living on country for more than a few days there would be…
‘Sweet singer of sweet songs.’ Tim Ireland/PA Archive

The forgotten World War II backlash against Vera Lynn

Dame Vera Lynn’s latest album, National Treasure — The Ultimate Collection, has been released in the week of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. The album, filled with over 40 of her wartime hits…
Against all the odds, apparent “relics” from the golden era of radio appear to be undergoing transformation and renewal. Andreanne Germain

Radio National is a leader in cultural radio – here’s why

Do you value the ABC’s Radio National? I would argue you should. Over the course of 80 years, Radio National (RN) has demonstrated it is more than just a broadcaster. From its earliest emanation as the…
More people – and pets? – want to produce creative radio content. zoomar

RN’s Creative Audio Unit – what’s that all about?

ABC Radio National’s new Creative Audio Unit (CAU) launches on Sunday, with two new shows – Radiotonic and Soundproof – presenting a mix of fiction and non-fiction, essays, radio dramas, soundscapes, composed…
The public’s active participation in society is considered vital to a functioning democracy. Patrick White

Community broadcasting? Where’s the value in that?

The National Commission of Audit - released on May 1 – recommends slashing all community broadcasting funding in Australia. For some, this is a logical response to the nation’s need to collectively “shoulder…
White Paper magazine offers ‘the distilled wisdom of RN’ in written form. Constantine Belias

Radio you can read? What to make of RN’s new magazine

This month, ABC Radio National (RN) launched a pilot digital magazine, White Paper, which presents “the distilled wisdom of RN” in a monthly interactive offering delivered free to your tablet. Newspapers…
The first radio ratings results of the year have seen big changes, with new station KIIS climbing to the top of the FM listenership rankings. AAP/Warren Clarke

Controversial Kyle steals the day, but don’t blame new radio ratings

Today’s radio ratings results were greeted with an unusual amount of anticipation. Not only did they mark the first results for 2014, and the first ratings produced under a new measurement system, but…
Arctic Monkeys are certain to feature in this year’s most voted songs. AAP Image/MG Promotions

We love music: why Triple J’s Hottest 100 still rocks

Australia’s national youth station, Triple J, has come in for some criticism lately, with a spate of articles accusing it of homogenising Australian music tastes or excluding too many local acts from the…
ARN has taken a big gamble in wooing away Austereo stars Kyle and Jackie O, as part of a whole scale rebranding of Sydney station Mix 106.5. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

KIIS goodbye to Mix FM as ARN rebrands, takes it to Austereo

ARN’s poaching of Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson (known an Jackie O) to host the breakfast show in their soon to be rebranded Sydney station is an audacious move. It will involve rebuilding the station’s…
Audio engenders a visceral response in listeners, engaging both head and heart. CHRISSPdotCOM

A word in your ear: how audio storytelling got sexy

In a cultural milieu dominated by long-form television dramas such as Breaking Bad and Madmen, how has the apparently simple activity of audio storytelling gained such clout? In the US, documentary radio…
The media regulator ACMA has been able to do little about breaches to the broadcasting guidelines, and is calling for greater mid-strength powers. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Be careful what you ask for: ACMA’s bid for more power

A media super-regulator, bigger and bolder than anything considered by the ALP? Or just an ambitious government agency engaged in street theatre as the Coalition slashes the public service? Those are questions…
Jon Tjhia in front of Lachlan Conn’s imagery for Disorient Express at Radio With Pictures 2012. Miles Martignoni

Radio With Pictures: bringing comics back to the stage

We’re calling it a blind date between radio and comics. Radio With Pictures, to be performed this Sunday at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Graphic 2013 festival of comics, animation and music, is…
Cricket commentators like Richie Benaud attract cult followings and satirical impersonations. AAP/Dean Lewins

Cricket commentary: an art or a science?

The Ashes are now upon us, and both sets of players are in the midst of the first Test at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge ground. As we sit down to watch the Test on television, it is worth reflecting on the…
Yesterday’s Federal Court decision has the potential to change the future of online broadcasting. Alan Klim

Battle royalty: is this the end of online radio streaming?

Online streaming of radio broadcasts may be a thing of the past after the Full Federal Court yesterday handed down a ruling that will result in radio stations paying higher royalties to the recording industry…
Broadcaster Alan Jones has been embroiled in a controversy over remarks he made on Julia Gillard’s late father. AAP/Warren Clarke

Gillard takes a calculated risk in leaving Alan Jones adrift

The interesting part about this weekend’s kerfuffle over Alan Jones’ comments about the late John Gillard is not what Jones said. After all, we’ve known about his combative - some would say offensive…
Mark Scott, managing director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. AAP/Alan Porritt

Mark Scott on the future of your ABC

Welcome to In Conversation, our series of discussions between leading academics and major public figures in Australian life. In this instalment, Mark Scott, managing director of the Australian Broadcasting…

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Voices from the Old Bailey

The Old Bailey’s Central Criminal Court is an Edwardian building that bears the inscription “Defend the children of the poor and Punish the wrongdoer.” An Italian visitor more than 100 years ago suggested…