Axed: Big Ideas
ABC is not returning talkfest series Big Ideas, presented by Waleed Aly, next year.
The umbrella show comprised broadcasts of talk events from across the country and overseas, in universities, bookshops, and festivals, discussing intellectual, political, cultural and economic topics. Its website saw itself as the destination for “the smartest stuff on TV, Radio and Online.”
Big Ideas aired twice a week at 11am on ABC plus on ABC News 24 and has hosted an online archive of clips and podcasts.
We are very sorry to announce that ABC TV’s Big Ideas will not be returning in 2015. ABC has decided not to recommission the show.
— Big Ideas (@ABCbigideas) November 10, 2014
On their Facebook page the show said, “We are proud to have been the go-to place for Australian students, academics, scientists, designers, business leaders, educators and the larger public who are working on and curious about ideas, current debates and the issues of our time.
“A huge thank you to our viewers & those of you who contributed to our conversations online. Your valued opinions & insights promoted wonderful debate & discussion – and that is what Big Ideas was all about!”
The final episode for 2014 will air November 30th at 2pm on ABC AEDT.