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Sad day for Tasmania

IT WAS a sad day for all supporters of ABC in Tasmania yesterday

ABC Managing Director Mark Scott announced he’ll be closing the Hobart television production unit.

Not only will this result in up to 17 jobs going it will also see key skills disappearing from Tasmania.

Today the Federal CPSU’s Regional Director of Tasmania Paul Blake said the closure of the Tasmanian TV production could be a break of the public broadcaster’s charter.

The ABC has been beating a retreat from local programming for some time now but this decision demonstrates its lack of commitment to Tasmania, our stories and our voice,” Mr Blake said.

The ABC Charter states: “To provide broadcasting programs that contribute to a sense of national identity and inform and entertain, and reflect the cultural diversity of, the Australian community.”

Yesterday Minister for Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy called for the ABC to immediately reconsider its decision.

“This is an extremely disappointing decision by the ABC,” Mr Conroy said.

“Cutting its production facilities in Tasmania could result in a dramatic reduction in the telling of Tasmanian stories, something that diminishes the ABC and short-changes the people of Tasmania.”

The move has also been condemned by state and federal politicians, including the 12 Tasmanian senators and Premier Lara Giddings.

Read the Federal CPSU media release here: http://www.cpsu.org.au/news/30114.html

Read the ABC’s own story here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-20/abc-tv-closes-tas-production-unit/4381976?section=tas

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