Tuesday, June 18, 2013

ABC at the movies, where duplication is part of the service

Some questions...
Seen a movie lately?
Did you see it based on a review?
Was that review one you saw, or heard, or read on the ABC?
A review you paid for out of your taxes?
How many times do you think your taxes should pay for a movie review?

  • Not at all, I'd rather see my hard earned taxes spent on medical research.
  • Not at all if someone wants an opinion about a movie there are plenty of independent reviews available for free on the internet.
  • I'd like Margaret and David to review the movie, they seem to know what they are talking about.
  • I want every Local and National ABC medium to conduct their own review, regardless if this represents gross duplication of government services or not. After all the ABC is about diversity-the more views the better (except on climate change where only one view is required).

So how many movie reviewers part, full time or casual does your ABC employ or engage?

Here's a short list of some recent ABC movie reviewers, some are employees, some are not.
Gabrielle Rumble
Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton
Marc Fennell
Nick Dent
Mathew Bates
CJ Johnson
Briony Kidd
Joel Rheinberger and Andrew Hogan

So with so many reviewing is there a risk of duplication? For instance how many times did ABC provide a review of:
The Great Gatsby: at least 10 times?: 1, 2, 3, 45, 6, 7(music), 8, 9, 10 (1974 version)
The Hobbit: at least 4 times?: 1, 2, 3, 4
Skyfall: at least 9 times?: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Star Trek Into Darkness: at least 8 times?: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 

Final question: Does this represent good use of tax payer resources? 
The Greek Government recently took the knife to the budget of its public broadcaster. Based on the above it seems there is plenty of fat to carve from our own.

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