||Issue No. 209||20 February 2004|
Regions To Be Cheerful
Interview: Trading in Principle
Unions: While We Were Away
Politics: Follow the Leader
Bad Boss: Safety Recidivist Fingered
Economics: Casualisation Shrouded In Myths
History: Worker Control Harco Style
Review: Other Side Of The Harbour
A Casual Affair
Latham Is A Bad Man
ABC of Solidarity
The stars, equally well known as Rampaging Roy Slaven and HG Nelson, made their stands after the ABC insisted on removing their producer of 17 years, Mark Kennedy, from Sunday shifts in a bid to save money.
CPSU ABC organiser, Stuart Hatter, revealed Doyle and Pickhaver had offered to dip into their own pockets to protect their long-running show. To this point, he said, the ABC had turned them down and still insisted on replacing the Band 7 producer with a 22-year-old who would cost less.
Kennedy devised This Sporting Life with the comedians for Triple J 17 years ago. Despite commercial television success and international acclaim for Olympic and World Cup specials, Doyle and Pickhaver return to the national broadcaster every Sunday afternoon to celebrate where it all began.
Industry sources say the high-profile pair sees This Sporting Life, a parody on commercial broadcasting, as belonging to Kennedy as much as them.
Hatter said there had been no suggestion that Kennedy's removal from This Sporting Life had been performance-related.
"It's got nothing to do with anything except ABC cost cutting," Hatter said. "They are saying they can get someone less experienced to work on Sundays for less money."
The CPSU is agitating to have Kennedy returned to his Sunday shifts as MEAA colleagues celebrate a breakthrough in their campaign to turn Aunty away from centralising sports coverage out of Sydney.
MEAA sources reported a "breakthrough" in negotiations with the corporation yesterday but details were sketchy as talks continued.
Journalists in Adelaide and Melbourne held stopwork meetings last week to protest the proposals. These were to have escalated into stoppages this week but yesterday's breakthrough has headed off the threat of immediate action by journalists.
Hatter confirmed CPSU officials had prepared resolutions of support to put before their members if the journalists had walked.
The ABC's plan to base sports coverage in Sydney had drawn fire from leading sporting figures, including AFL coaching legend Kevin Sheedy and Victorian Sports Minister, Justin Madden.
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