• Michael Rowland

    Michael Rowland

  • Gaven Morris, Bill Heffernan and Scott Morrison

    Gaven Morris, Bill Heffernan and Scott Morrison

  • Kate Ross, Andrew Leigh and Daniel Vigilante

    Kate Ross, Andrew Leigh and Daniel Vigilante

  • Myf  Warhurst, Tim Ross and Sarah Hanson-Young

    Myf Warhurst, Tim Ross and Sarah Hanson-Young

  • Jonathan Wright, Zan Rowe and Scott Gamble

    Jonathan Wright, Zan Rowe and Scott Gamble

  • Josh Frydenburg and Julia Baird

    Josh Frydenburg and Julia Baird

  • Katherine Vassallo, Sharelle Mathias-Carman, Amy Hills and Jennifer Stone

    Katherine Vassallo, Sharelle Mathias-Carman, Amy Hills and Jennifer Stone

  • Ann Campton, Sophie Mitchell and Angela Clark

    Ann Campton, Sophie Mitchell and Angela Clark

  • Simon Mordant and James Valentine

    Simon Mordant and James Valentine

  • Jane Bennett and Philip Clark

    Jane Bennett and Philip Clark

  • Dennis Atkins, Annabel Crabb and Brie Colley

    Dennis Atkins, Annabel Crabb and Brie Colley

  • Hoot and Giggle...or Giggle and Hoot?

    Hoot and Giggle...or Giggle and Hoot?

  • Peter Lewis, Kirstin Ferguson and Mitch Fifield

    Peter Lewis, Kirstin Ferguson and Mitch Fifield

  • Robert Simms, Barry Cassidy and Sarah Hanson-Young

    Robert Simms, Barry Cassidy and Sarah Hanson-Young

  • Jenny Macklin and Heather Ewart

    Jenny Macklin and Heather Ewart

  • Leigh Sales and David Miles

    Leigh Sales and David Miles

  • Steven "Sexy One" Oliver with Chancellor UC Tom Calma

    Steven "Sexy One" Oliver with Chancellor UC Tom Calma

  • Director AWM Brendan Nelson, MD of ABC Mark Scott and Chairman ABC James Spigelman

    Director AWM Brendan Nelson, MD of ABC Mark Scott and Chairman ABC James Spigelman

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.