ABC is directing viewers to private and commercially-driven social media platforms to make comments on it shows instead of an ABC-moderated messageboard.
A Moderator at abc.net.au told users, “We are sorry to inform you that the ABC TV Viewer Discussion message board will be closing down on Friday, 16 March, 2012. We apologise to those who have been active on this forum over the years and hope you will join the ABC conversation on the other program message boards as well as on Facebook and Twitter.”
While it will continue to offer some program-specific message boards, the ABC TV Viewer Discussion messageboard allows for a variety of topics and less-popular shows.
Current topics include Gardening Australia, Misfits, Spooks, GP, Big Babies, Planet America, Inspector George Gently, Advertising, ABC and Promo Content, ABC TV News, Golf vs Bowls, Kitchen Cabinet, Accused, Miniscule, 7:30, Doctor Who, The Drum.
Some general topics may now be buried in Facebook and Twitter, both of which are foreign-owned commercial ventures and require individual registration.
Message Boards that will remain on the ABC platform include:
At the Movies
Four Corners Open Letters
First Tuesday Book Club
Good Game Spawn Point
Spicks and Specks
Kids’ Message Boards
Index of ABC3 Chatter boards
Escape from Scorpion Island
Studio 3 Chat
ABC TV Fiction
iview – feedback and technical issues
But users are unhappy with the proposed shutdown, with many venting their anger at Aunty:
This messageboard is the only one of its kind where viewers can discuss /offer feedback on the wide range of general ABC television programs and I think it’s very well patronised, (unlike most of the individual program sites which are virtually deserted most of the time). Wouldn’t think it takes much to keep something like this going really.
If we thought the other boards or Facebook or Twitter were better, we wouldn’t be here, would we? I’ve used the program-specific forums and they’re nowhere as good as this general site.
Who is the genius who decided shut us down? Start sending emails, letters etc to your local member, the Minister of Communications and Media Watch !
Excuse me, fans of Dr Who are the most active users of this site, where are we supposed to go. There is no “program-specific message board” for Dr Who nor is it listed in the “ABC TV Fiction” list.
Yes, sad really. Will miss the lively chats some of us have had on here over the years…
What a complete joke. Anyone can see from the number of posts that are generated that this is an active message board.
That’s what happens when you put bean counters and ex-political hacks in charge of national assets. It’s a prelude to the quashing of criticism and the eventual sell off of the national broadcaster.
I hardly ever post, but probably like many others, I do read comments by other people, and think this forum is absolutely great and should be permanent. ABC should be proud to have hosted it and should keep on doing so.
There’s absolutely no need to shut this down, it’s petty mindedness at it’s worst. I expected better from the ABC.
ABC is going to Twitter for “viewer feedback”. I don’t know too much about it, but I think that the tweets aren’t archived anywhere, but just appear and if they are not read they disappear . Correct or not ? How much discussion from multiple contributors can result from this sort of system ? It seems that the ABC doesn’t want too much evidence of dissent left lying around.
140 character message length limit on Twitter doesn’t exactly foster discussion.