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Aussie government a#[email protected]%ks the ABC

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…the Federal Government’s indexation pause, which effectively cut the ABC’s budget by $84m over three years, [and] ongoing reduction of $41m a year from 2022, combined with the $64m in ongoing cuts imposed in 2014 made these kinds of announcements inevitable.

Summary of changes:

  • Job cuts across all divisions, totalling around 250 staff
  • Increase spending on digital services such as ABC iview
  • ABC Life will rebrand as ABC Local, and include ABC content from outer suburban and regional areas
  • ABC Comedy television channel will be rebranded
  • 75 per cent of ABC content-makers to be based outside Sydney’s Ultimo HQ by 2025
  • ABC News Channel programs will be reviewed
  • Flagship 7.45am radio news bulletin to be cut after an 80-year run
  • Spending on television productions will be cut by $5 million a year
  • Original content screening will fall back from 48 to 42 weeks per year
  • Shows will no longer be commissioned to screen after 9.30pm
  • Internal content teams will be reduced from 5 to 4

Source: ABC axes ABC Life, Comedy and up to 250 jobs as part of five-year plan

PAX Notes: Shannon Noll is starting an Esports team

In a land grab for some sort of relevance in 2019, former Australian Idol contestant Shannon “Nollsy” Noll announced at PAX Australia over the weekend that he would be captaining a new Esports squad.

Called the “Motley Squad” Nollsy plans on filling out the remaining slots of his team with “fellow celebs” according to the press release, meaning the likely return of other reality show contestants, former sports stars and radio hosts that tend to round out this level of the celebrity ranks.

The Motley Squad will then compete at Lenovo’s Legion of Champion Series IV competition, which is coming to Australia for the first time. Series IV will also see the introduction of PUBG and CS:GO to the comp, making it the largest yet.

Nollsy and his yet to be filled Motley Squad will be getting a helping hand from Twitch streamer FaZe Hazz, an ambassador for the Lenovo brand.

Telstra to switch off 3G network June 2024

Telstra Bro

Telstra has announced today they will be pulling the plug on their 3G network in just over four years time. Just as we said goodbye to 2G back in December of 2016, 3G will go the way of the dodo in June of 2024.

Between now and then Telstra have committed to expand the coverage of their 4G network as well as build out their burgeoning 5G beyond select CBDs.

I wish all those making use of EFTPOS machines and cellular IoT devices the best of luck in dealing with the impending 3G apocalypse.

The US, UK & Australian governments want Facebook to stop rolling out e2e encryption

U.S. Attorney General William Barr, acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel and Australia’s minister for home affairs, Peter Dutton, have co-signed an open letter to Facebook calling on the company to halt its plan to roll out e2e encryption across its suite of messaging products

Woah, hang on here am I about to defend Facebook?????

I don’t understand why these governments need them to leave things wide open if we can break the laws of mathematics like ex-PM Malcolm Turnbull suggested?

What was the line again?

“The laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia.”

Yeah, so in other words, they want that backdoor in if end-to-end encryption continues to roll out because all their intercepts likely can’t read jack shit.

Source: Facebook is being leaned on by US, UK, Australia to ditch its end-to-end encryption expansion plan | TechCrunch

R U OK?

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R U OK?Day is our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone to ask, “Are you OK?” and to remember every day of the year to support people who may be struggling with life’s ups and downs.

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