Brian Burkett is an independent researcher and writer who has published critical analysis of the ABC’s long running Country Hour program. His research and interests are currently directed towards further analysis of how public media serves the interests of powerful elites by producing a narrowly defined discourse which normalizes their use of the rural space in Australia.
As part of the ABC’s financial deal with tech giants Google and Facebook late last year it committed to investing the revenue in regional and rural Australia. Brian Burkett, Emma Mesikämmen and Lisa Waller analysed ABC Rural’s radio programming around the recent federal election to find out who benefits from the ABC’s rural journalism. Continue reading »
ABC Country Hour is marketed as the “voice of the bush”; but whose voice and whose bush? A recent investigation reveals how Country Hour does the bidding of the Liberal and National Parties and their powerful friends while glossing over the likes of climate change, Indigenous issues and the #watergate scandal. Continue reading »