The Age reports today that ABC’s Sunday Arts program is set to undergo changes including reducing it from 60 to 30 minutes and shifting some of its content from on-air to online.
According to the article executive producer, Greg Dee, refused to confirm the plan, saying only that the ABC’s arts programming was ”evolving” but confirming that the ABC would be significantly expanding the amount of arts content it carried online.
”We’ve been developing for about a year and a half what we’ve been calling an ‘arts gateway’ online. Every artist in Australia and every arts lover in Australia will have access to that,” Mr Dee said.
The Sunday afternoon show, which airs from 5-6pm with Michael Veitch, Virginia Trioli and Fenella Kernebone hasn’t pulled a big audience for some time, but it does land some decent international guests. In August it had 186,000 for one of its better shows.
One source told the newspaper: ”This show is a kind of dinosaur, one of the few still produced in-house and [ABC management] don’t like that. They can’t outsource it because it’s not financially viable, but they can’t drop it as they’re bound by the charter to provide arts programming.”
Earlier this year ABC chose not to renew The Einstein Factor after 6 years promising the fundng would be channelled into drama production.
Source: The Age