Hands Off RN Music, members of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and ABC Friends believe ABC is failing to meet its charter obligations.

Remember those horrid budget cuts to Radio National last November which axed all but one music program? And were made without ABC members’ or artists’ knowledge? Well, there’s a protest against them happening outside of the ABC today.

“ABC senior management has failed to acknowledge the devastating blow they have delivered to Australia’s music culture and diversity as a result of these cuts, made without industry or artist consultation,” said Ruth Hazelton, spokesperson for community group Hands Off RN Music.

Musicians including Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, Archie Roach, philanthropist and patron of the arts in Australia Janet Holmes a Court, Music Australia and APRA AMCOS are included among 23,000 petition signatures collected by the Save RN Music group.

Hands Off RN Music, members of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and ABC Friends believe ABC is failing to meet its charter obligations and that senior management is not listening to staff or the station’s audience.

Managing Director of the ABC, Michelle Guthrie did not brief board members before announcing in November that ABC would ditch the magazine-style science program Catalyst, along with all but one of Radio National’s music programs and end shortwave transmission in the NT.

Last November, ABC radio broadcaster Robyn Williams famously called ABC management “morally and spiritually bankrupt”.