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666 ABC Canberra looking for new Program Director

February 12th, 2007 at 08:49am

It looks like 666 ABC Canberra are looking for a new program director. Here’s the job advertisement from Radioinfo.

Program Director
09 Feb 2007
# Canberra
# $65,424 – $80,940 p.a.

Local Radio in Canberra has a vacancy for a highly motivated and experienced program maker to lead the station’s on air teams with the purpose of maintaining outstanding program content, focussing on information and entertainment radio. The Program Director provides high level leadership in editorial decision making, manages human and program resources, and develops strategies to build and maintain audiences. The Program Director’s role includes the generation of very strong program content, with significant development of original ideas for station on air and off air activities. As editorial team leader, the role requires outstanding ability to motivate others in being creative and innovative in producing on air content.

Selection Criteria:

1. Outstanding interpersonal and motivational skills, proven experience in radio with outstanding editorial skills and judgement.
2. Proven ability to lead and inspire a team of program makers with specific ability to guide teams in making diverse daily programs in a metropolitan radio station.
3. Demonstrated ability to develop and produce accessible and relevant program content. Demonstrated leadership in program construction and delivery.
4. Capacity to initiate, research and produce highly complex program segments and interviews and provide significant input into shaping program and station sound. Ability to work under high pressure and to deadlines.
5. A comprehensive understanding and commitment to ABC Editorial Policies as well as EEO and Cultural Diversity issues and their relevance to program making.
6. Comprehensive knowledge of modern broadcast technology including digital editing and online content.
7. Ability to develop strategies to attract and maintain audiences as well as the ability to manage projects and major broadcasting initiatives.
8. Knowledge of key issues affecting the Canberra audience.
9. Ability to produce and present live and pre-recorded reports for radio at an outstanding level.

# All applications must include audition material on CD ONLY (non returnable). Copies of the ABC Editorial Policies are available at www.abc.net.au

For further information contact Jen Brennen on (02) 6275 4615.

Applications quoting reference IAR706072 should be sent to Recruitment, ABC, GPO Box 9994, Adelaide SA 5001 or email using the link below.

Applicants must address the selection criteria. For information on how to apply visit abc.net.au/jobs

The ABC is an equal opportunity employer
The ABC invites Indigenous Australians to apply for this position

If they’re going to write a politically correct job advertisement, they could at least start it by acknowledging that the successful applicant will be asked to work on “Ngunnawal land” (the statement which anybody trying to score points for political correctness open their speeches with in Canberra…except they acknowledge that they are standing or meeting on it). Actually, why not have the political correctness hub of Canberra radio acknowledge it at the start of every program…that’s bound to bring in the listeners. Say it over and over and over for eight minutes and you’ll win the quarter hour in the ratings!

In all seriousness though, 666ABC are coming in to a new ratings period with the very real prospect of losing further ground to 2CC…perhaps with a new Program Director they will be behind 2CC by the end of the second ratings period. One can only hope.

After this article, somebody is going to accuse me of an anti-ABC bias, so perhaps I should explain myself a bit further. Overall I like the ABC, but their Canberra radio station leaves a lot to be desired, and it will probably take a ratings defeat for them to shake things up a bit. They’ve been on top of the pile for a long time, and they’ve gone stale, they’re neither fresh nor interesting (incidentally 3AW seem to be headed in the same direction in Melbourne). It’s time for a change.

Maybe their new Program Director will fix things up for them, but with 666 being 666, it’ll take a ratings defeat, or something very close to it, to make them notice that they aren’t the be-all-and-end-all of Canberra’s talk radio market.

Of course, I would like to see 2CC in their rightful place above the local ABC station in the ratings…they’re the better station at the moment and have been for a while (a couple holiday errors excepted).


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  • 1. John B1_B5  |  February 12th, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    I used to like listening to local ABC radio when it was called ‘2CN’,
    but since it became ‘666’ it’s REALLY gone downhill !

  • 2. Samuel  |  February 12th, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    We can only hope that the new program director improves things…but I doubt that will happen with their current range of hosts.

  • 3. John_Barnes  |  February 16th, 2007 at 8:30 am

    I won’t be listening to them anyway. I’d rather listen to John Laws,John Stanley, and The Drive Show with Mike Welch (time
    permitting of course).
    Will be interesting to see who gets banned from Drive Show next.
    So far the following people are on the ‘Blacklist’ –

    Jacqui Burke ( ACT MLA)
    “Steve” – (Ray Hadley critic).

  • 4. Jackie Birk MLC  |  February 16th, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    I don’t listen to 666 very often.

  • 5. Samuel  |  February 16th, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    Looks like there’s somebody on this planet with a similar name to Jacqui Burke MLA!

  • 6. John B1_B5  |  February 16th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    According to Jackie’s site, MLC stands for “Member of the Literature Club”.

    Quite similar to the other name though.

  • 7. John B1_B5  |  February 16th, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    And speaking of 2CC –

    “I like the sort of people you get on this program” — John B1_B5 on a 2CC Open Line promo.

    That was a lie of course .


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