Checking the Pulse #16

Checking the Pulse #16

and welcome to our News Email - Checking the Pulse  - providing you with useful and informative ABC Friends News bites and our way of connecting with you. Below you will find links to interesting reads/webinars, online events coming up and ABC TV productions you may enjoy. 



A pulse on a heartrate monitor

It is also an opportunity to briefly update you on our activities, leading into the upcoming 2022 federal election, shining a light on the survival of the ABC and its vital role as the Public Broadcaster, so important to Australia's democracy and to media freedom. 

Our planned targeted flyer-drop in February and March, delivering our messages to marginal seats was cut short when Senator Andrew Bragg, on the 15 February in Senate Estimates, questioned Managing Director David Anderson about the use of the ABC lissajous figure in our National and State Friends' logos.  Fortunately our digital ad campaign to be launched during April-May in and around prominent arterial road spots in Adelaide was not affected. As well as sending out a questionnaire to candidates in targeted SA seats about their support for the ABC, we are getting out and about meeting the announced federal candidates. 


ABC News and Updates

  • So why do we need to logon to access iview - explained here.
  • ABC Managing Director, David Anderson's opening 2022 statement to the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee last month - setting the scene for what the ABC stands for here

Interesting Podcasts

  • If you weren't able to make Adelaide Writers Week 2022 either in person or via live stream - one session you missed was Jo Dyer facilitating a discussion with two former PMs - Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull - titled "How Fast Things Fall". The event is able to be viewed via Youtube here. Please note the discussion starts at around the 13 minute mark so you may want to get a cup of tea or skip forward.  And yes saving our ABC is discussed and very positively supported. 

  • Remember Barrie? You can listen to Barrie Cassidy & Friends: Biden’s America. Celebrated journalist Barrie Cassidy breaks down the challenges and opportunities facing the then newly minted US President Joe Biden. Joining him are journalist for The New Yorker Evan Osnos, UNSW Law Professor Rosalind Dixon and former foreign minister Bob Carr. This podcast opportunity was released as part of Sydney Writers' Festival promotions for this year's event in May here.

Informative Reads

  • And from The Conversation - an interesting article leading up to the Election - Fact-checking can actually harm trust in media: new research. The article can be read here.

  • A big congrats to SA’s own Samantha Maiden taking out the Gold Walkley for 2021 for "Open secret: The Brittany Higgins story" here. We look forward to Samantha's book "Open Secrets" being released later this year. 

Dates to put in your Diary

  • Tuesday 22nd March 8:30pm. A dog’s world with Tony Armstrong Featuring interviews with the world’s top canine researchers, shining a light on dogs’ fascinating evolutionary journey, revealing their amazing super senses, as well as providing the practical advice needed to have the happiest and healthiest pooch in the park. It will also be available on iview. More details here.


  • Thursday 31st March 6pm-7:15pm.  An online event and presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre
    BOB HAWKE: Demons and Destiny with Troy Bramston, in conversation with Tory Shepherd. To register and more event details here


Until our next edition - stay informed and safe!


On behalf of your ABCF SA/NT 2022 Committee

Sue Pinnock - President

Sandra Coopman - Secretary 

Mihir Makwana - Treasurer

Nick Carroll, Roselie Copley, Andrew Johnston, John Pezy, Shelley Pezy, Daryl Regan and Richard Ruffin - Committee Members