The ABC is under fire over a lack of live coverage of the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations next week.
Australians for Constitutional Monarchy will launch a campaign on its website and Facebook page asking viewers to join a petition ”to show the ABC that they should perform the role and function for which they are funded by the taxpayers of Australia”.
“The ABC now has not one but four taxpayer funded television channels,” the group says on its website.
“And instead of broadcasting these events, the ABC will have either closed down a channel or will be showing a rather tired and motley collection of repeat programs, old films, and music videos.”
But whilst it may be a fair criticism of ABC1, it’s not entirely accurate of its four channels.
An ABC spokesperson told TV Tonight, “ABC News 24 will provide extensive live coverage of the Queens Jubilee events, including crosses to London correspondent Phil Williams reporting on the ground. The coverage of the events starts on ABC News 24 at 11.30pm on Sunday, 3 June.”
While ABC News 24 coverage is still being finalised, ABC1 coverage is as follows:
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant
Monday, 4 June 2012, 6:00pm
In celebration of Her Majesty’s 60-year reign, ABC TV will show highlights of the River Pageant, presented by Stephanie Brantz.
Rowing boats, working boats and pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes will be beautifully dressed with streamers and Union Jack flags, their crews and passengers turned out in their finest rigs. The armed forces, fire, police, rescue and other services will be afloat and there will be an exuberance of historic boats, wooden launches, steam vessels and other boats of note.
The flotilla will be bolstered with passenger boats carrying up to 30,000 flag-waving members of the public placed centre stage (or rather mid-river) in this floating celebration of Her Majesty’s 60-year reign. The spectacle will be further enhanced with music barges and boats spouting geysers. Moreover, there will be specially constructed elements such as a floating belfry, its chiming bells answered by those from riverbank churches.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Day
Wednesday June 06, 6:00pm
An hour-long highlights package introduced by Stephanie Brantz, of the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, followed by a formal procession.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, together with other members of the Royal Family, will attend a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, which will be followed by a formal carriage procession. Following the procession the Royal couple will attend a reception at Mansion House followed by a Diamond Jubilee lunch at Westminster Hall organised by the Livery (neither of these events will be televised).
Following the lunch, The Queen and other senior members of the Royal Family will travel in a formal carriage procession from Westminster to Buckingham Palace. After a 60-gun salute at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Family will appear on the balcony and watch an RAF flypast and a Feu de Joie – a cascade of rifle fire by The Queen’s Guard.