“The decision to axe one of this network’s most distinctive and important programs has been approved by the director of ABC Radio, Sue Howard, and it will condemn Radio National to even greater irrelevance,” Crittenden said last week.
“The ABC’s specialist units have been under attack for years, but the decapitation of the flagship program of the religion department effectively spells the death of religion at the ABC.”
Crittenden’s right that the specialist units are under threat. He’s wrong that RN is in any way irrelevant. Despite his critique, I don’t see the cause for jerking him off the air before the show is wound up.
Evan Maloney over on news.com.au shoots- and scores:
The death of religion at the ABC. Is that really such a bad thing? I understand that if you’re the ABC’s religion reporter it might appear to be less than helpful (it’s hard to be a nanny when the kids have all grown up), but does anyone else really mind?
Why not create a new show Like Mythology Musings instead? Like Religion Report it’s got some catchy alliteration, and unlike the Religion Report, it will be treating the oldest stories known on earth with the respect and privilege they deserve: as wonderfully imaginative stories from early literature that reveal some recurring obsessions in our conscious and subconscious existence.
Too bloody right, Evan.
Underfunding of the ABC is causing a wave of program cuts at Radio National. I’m sorry to see any RN programming go, but the Religion Report is one that RN really could do without. There’s some commentary attached to Maloney’s blog item and on the Friends of the ABC mailing list where Religion Report fans make a specious claim that ‘some of their atheist friends (!) will be sorry to see the Religion Report go.’ Atheists, by definition, are simply not interested in religion. Religion is, as Maloney observes, assigned the relative import of myth and faerie tales by atheists. Mythology Musings is quite apt.
On the other hand, some very good RN programs are getting axed, such as Radio Eye, Street Stories and the Media Report. There’s simply no other program in Australian media which backgrounds big news stories as well as the Media Report- and I will be petitioning Mark Scott to reconsider that cut.
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