‘Poetica’ among programs axed in ABC cuts
Poetica, the ABC Radio National program ‘dedicated to the performance of poetry,’ has been axed as part of the cuts announced by ABC managing director Mark Scott on 24 November. The program, produced by Mike Ladd, aims ‘not simply to reflect on radio the rich world of poetry, but to re-create that world in radio terms, with generous use of music and sound to “place” the poems’.
Poetica is among several Radio National programs that will be discontinued due to the cuts, including Bush Telegraph, Hindsight, Encounter, Into the Music and 360 Documentaries. Scott also announced cuts to the broadcaster’s news services.
Bad news, eh? Sorry that poems have not been appearing regularly — this is due to computer problems (now fixed). Thank you to the wonderful Helen Ross who helped out again when needed. Di