Tender Intimacies: Power, Proximity and Personalities in Australian Transnational Broadcasting

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    Date(s) - 8 Apr 2013
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Room T2.26, Monash Caulfield Campus

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    Dr John Tebbutt

    Research Fellow, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University, Melbourne

    This presentation explores the tensions between commercial, cultural and national priorities in the management of Australia’s transnational broadcasting ambitions. Proximity to Asia made ‘soft power’ diplomacy an imperative for public television in the late twentieth century. Yet maintaining the ‘Australia Network’ has proven difficult. A mix of advertising and government funding  supports an uneasy amalgam of public broadcasting, entertainment and cultural diplomacy. The tender process for this network has become increasingly fraught as the ABC vies with commercial operators to run the public/commercial enterprise. This presentation will address the tensions that have emerged in this hybrid public broadcasting model and how they have been negotiated, with specific emphasis on the recent personalisation of public processes in the light of the Labor government’s leadership rivalries.

    Dr John Tebbutt was a freelance radio journalist for community and public radio, including Triple J and Background Briefing (ABC Radio Talks Unit) in the 1990s. More recently his audio productions have aired on The Media Report (2012), The Night Air (2011), and Hindsight (2008). He taught radio/audio studies at La Trobe University from 2000-2012. In 2007 he was awarded an ARC Discovery to research “The ABC in Asia and its role in cultural exchange, 1956-2006″, from which this paper is drawn. John is an Associate Editor for ‘The Radio Journal: International Studies in Audio and Broadcast Media’ and a member of the editorial boards for international journals.

    The Research Unit in Media Studies (RUMS) is a collective of Monash University researchers committed to the study of media theories, histories, practices and industries. A particular emphasis of the Unit is the development and inclusion of postgraduate researchers in events and activities.

    No RSVP necessary. All welcome.

    Contact: Brett Hutchins (Brett.Hutchins@monash.edu Phone: 03 9903-2098).