Small screen radio show, TV Club will be one of the victims of sweeping changes coming to Radio National, according to a report.
Fairfax reports Afternoons, The Body Sphere and TV Club are to be decommissioned, with the staff redeployed within the network. All music programs will be decommissioned, except for The Music Show, including The Rhythm Divine. The shake-up will remove religion from local radio and has changed the dynamics about how specialist units, such as Science and Religion, work.
Amid reports management are moving towards a digital model, an ABC spokesman, denied Radio National would cease in its current form by 2020, saying there are “categorically no plans to end linear broadcasting on RN. We expect it to be a full linear service way beyond 2020”.
But staff told Fairfax that podcast-led programs undermined the ABC’s public charter as a national broadcaster.
TV Club which discusses programmes at 11:30am on Wednesdays, has been hosted by Cassie McCullagh since the start of the year.
A union meeting will be held for ABC staff on Wednesday.
You can read more on proposed RN changes here.
David Knox is a former TV critic on Breakfast with Fran Kelly.