||A book-length study of fifty years of ABC TV information programming and its significance to Australian political and civic life.
Fifty years after the Melbourne Olympic Games heralded the entry of broadcast television, and on the cusp of digitisation which is changing forever the central place of broadcasting in the life of the nation, I propose a detailed empirical evaluation of Aunty's significance.
I will examine how the ABC television has created the agendas and defined the very terms within which much of the nation's civic life has been conducted. This means writing about the ABC's history as a broadcaster, but also more significantly, studying how it has initiated and developed sophisticated modes of programming, professional journalism and documentary production, to help to build a pluralist, uniquely Australian arena of genuinely public conversation. Prompted by celebrations of Australian television's half-century, I intend to explore and document the principal ways by which the ABC has helped to construct Australian civic culture and identity, and how it has conversed with other institutions.