• Stephen Conroy, Ali Neyle and Sarah Hanson-Young

    Stephen Conroy, Ali Neyle and Sarah Hanson-Young

  • Lucy Barbour and Sabra Lane

    Lucy Barbour and Sabra Lane

  • Lee Kernaghan and Brendan Nelson

    Lee Kernaghan and Brendan Nelson

  • Kristie Lavery, Sally Branson and Susan Ley

    Kristie Lavery, Sally Branson and Susan Ley

  • James McDonald and Clive Palmer

    James McDonald and Clive Palmer

  • Emma Alberici, Mark Dreyfus and Annie Williams

    Emma Alberici, Mark Dreyfus and Annie Williams

  • Eddie Perfect and Melissa Parke

    Eddie Perfect and Melissa Parke

  • Philip Clark and Gai Brodtmann

    Philip Clark and Gai Brodtmann

  • Bruce Billson turns the tables on Chris Uhlmann

    Bruce Billson turns the tables on Chris Uhlmann

  • Costa Georgiadis and Catherine Britt

    Costa Georgiadis and Catherine Britt

  • Heather Ewart

    Heather Ewart

  • Bernadette and Chris Hayes with Dr Mark Cross from ABC's Changing Minds

    Bernadette and Chris Hayes with Dr Mark Cross from ABC's Changing Minds

  • Happy in his work.....Chris Uhlmann

    Happy in his work.....Chris Uhlmann

  • Mara Candy with Ken and Anna Wyatt

    Mara Candy with Ken and Anna Wyatt

  • Anna Burke and Catherine King

    Anna Burke and Catherine King

  • Kim Carr and Fran Kelly

    Kim Carr and Fran Kelly

  • Judith Maude, Victoria Hall, Margaret Brookes and KateAurisch

    Judith Maude, Victoria Hall, Margaret Brookes and KateAurisch

  • Michael Mason, Lee Kernaghan and Robert Patterson

    Michael Mason, Lee Kernaghan and Robert Patterson

  • Chris Uhlmann, MD Mark Scott and Chairman Jim Spigelman

    Chris Uhlmann, MD Mark Scott and Chairman Jim Spigelman

  • Charlie Pickering and Outback ER nurse Peter Ballard

    Charlie Pickering and Outback ER nurse Peter Ballard

  • Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Sir Angus Houston

    Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Sir Angus Houston

  • Warren Snowden and Costa Georgiadis

    Warren Snowden and Costa Georgiadis

The ABC Showcase is an annual event held in the salubrious surrounds of Parliament House with the requisite number of parliamentarians, ABC personalities, management and stars. Yes the real stars come out for this event with those two Bananas doing ‘nana sandwiches’ with all and sundry, Eddie Perfect – and yes he is – posing perfectly, Lee Kernaghan with hat and a gift of his Spirit of the Anzacs CD, an Outback ER nurse keeping Charlie Pickering’s pulse steady as he is a tad anxious about his new show that starts in 27days, and the hirsute Greek gardener Costa Georgiadis catching up with his local member Warren Snowden.

It’s a night to share all the new programs, acknowledge the past year’s successful ones and show where the ABC sits in a market that changes as quickly as the technology that is the ABC strength focusing on the regional areas particularly for all those platforms that are launching pads for content of radio, television and online.

It is a fun night with the serious news and comment brigade mixing it with the on air presenters of radio and television and the photo opportunities keeping everyone busy especially staffers armed with the ubiquitous iPhones. Malcolm Turnbull was there in his capacity as purse strings holder for the ABC which has of course caused grief for so many of Aunty's loyal staff and nothing you say can make that better.

But the little pig who helped ABC MD Mark Scott tug the heartstrings of those who would pull the proverbial from under the ABC got due credit for her impact on the changing viewing of the littlies who have demanded the app that makes her an instant viewing opp on the iPad. Do not, I repeat to all parents and particularly grandparents, get in the way of a small person who wants to watch Peppa Pig….NOW!

But for the grown-ups who’ve regained the television as the littlies use the iPad, the Gallipoli story will be front and centre, as too a more current story about six families of someone who served in Afghanistan telling how they’ve coped after the tour of duty. Heather Ewart will be back in the country for another series and all that news and current affairs we rely on for a better take on all things local, national and international will be our benchmark for excellence.