Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

ABC Radio Local in Name Only

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

ABC Radio Local in Name Only

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

ILLNESS and tight budgets have conspired to increasingly make alocal radioa Coast FM anything but.

Listeners tuned in on Monday to find the only thing local about the programming was Rob Blackmore's breakfast show, after which it was non-stop Brisbane content for the rest of the day.

At best ayour local ABC'' is a less than half-day affair, with local programming only from 5am to 11am and then a three-hour drive program from 3pm to 6pm Monday to Friday.

It seems a small return for the $3 million investment the station made in acquiring 350 sq m of freehold office space in Carnaby St, Maroochydore, and equipping it with state-of-the-art facilities.

Attempts to get an insight into what was ailing at the ABC were met with unreturned phone calls from management in Brisbane before a defensive Jen Brennan, the state manager for local content, finally made herself available at 5pm yesterday.

After arguing there was nothing to see here, Ms Brennan pointed the finger at the flu and a tighter budgetary environment for Auntie's inability to keep local, local. …

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