The ABC ‘s annual Showcase where all their stars come to Canberra to play was a little earlier than usual this year but we figured it was to be part of the final farewells of Managing Director Mark Scott as he gets ready to hand over the reins and slip away from the organisation he’s been stoic and sensible in developing and defending.
And while Giggle and Hoot waddled around the party and the Bananas cuddled up with the politicians as the iPhone paparazzi captured the moments for their children/grandchildren et al, it’s good for us to look at how vital the public broadcaster is to our day to day lives and the formidable range of efficiencies the organisation has achieved in difficult circumstances over recent times.
As well as being at the forefront of new technologies not the least of which is the ABC Kids iview tablet apps with Peppa Pig, the ugliest pig on the planet, she is my go to girl when the price of peace is more important than calculating just how much television littlies should watch.
We now take for granted ABC News 24 and ABC iview and suffer withdrawal when favourite shows take a long break over the summer. The diverse range of platforms and the commitment to evolving to suit the market is at the core of the ABC’s business in a media landscape that has seen monumental change. And we have so much choice.
The Showcase is a who’s who of those who spend a lot of time in our homes and even travel with us but what a nice bunch our ABC stars are. Those who could be there were having a fine time with pollies and colleagues with Michael Rowland, ABC Breakfast presenter enjoying the occasion because “tomorrow I get to sleep in” and the effervescent Myf Warhurst reluctantly getting ready to scarper for the airport as Zan Rowe gave her the signal that it was time to go. My new favourite is Steven “Sexy One” Oliver from ABC’s Black Comedy. He’s a real giggle and hoot, with his new best friend UC Chancellor Tom Calma enjoying his company and humour.