The Advertiser reports the Community and Public Sector Union fears any centralising of production in Sydney and Melbourne would impact on in-house production in Adelaide where shows such as Poh’s Kitchen, Dream Build have been produced plus former shows including The Cook and The Chef, Talking Heads, arts and documentaries.
Six staff have left the Australia Network office in Adelaide in the past two weeks, and the union estimates it would cost 150 Adelaide jobs in flow-on effects.
“We are running a public campaign to save the ABC in Adelaide and have asked South Australian politicians of all stripes to support our fight to keep ABC jobs here,’’ CPSU President Michael Tull told The Advertiser.
“This has the potential to take up to 150 jobs out of the local economy, and staff at ABC Adelaide are right to be concerned about it.
“Mark Scott has talked about cutting back office functions and TV production, which means Adelaide stands to be the hardest hit in terms of ABC jobs and services.’’
An ABC statement said, “The ABC managing director Mark Scott recently spoke of the need for change at the ABC while faced with a number of challenges including the uncertainty of Government budget cuts. No final decisions have been made regarding those changes.”
South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon has colourfully described the speculation as, “This is the ABC management in Sydney declaring war on South Australia.
“This will be a body blow for local TV production outside the ABC as well, it is a real kick in the guts and they need to realise it is not Sydney’s ABC it is our ABC.’’