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(generated from captions) and the work of Levinson to frame the company's program, the sorts of claims made by Dore but no-one goes close to making to the cost. and certainly no-one goes close a 10th of the price. Belgau's program is less than that exercise-based programs There is good evidence and concentration. can improve co-ordination, posture But, as we've seen, to better reading and writing that doesn't necessarily translate or improvements in ADHD. knows well. That's something Maureen Hawke For 30 years in Brisbane's backblocks children with learning difficulties. she's been using exercises to help with just movement? No. No. Would you ever claim cure Why not? it's bigger than that. No, because I believe It's not just about movement. Square, circle, square. Children who have a learning problem across a range of areas. frequently have some difficulty auditory, motor It might be visual, coexisting problem with nutrition. and many of them also have a

Very good. one part of the treatment puzzle. Maureen Hawke sees movement as just It might help some children. CHILDREN: Most. What word? looking at the card. Good. Spelling 'most', (Children spell 'most') reading instruction might work, And for others, intensive difficulties are many and complex. for the causes of learning Beautiful. Well done, guys. we're going to start producing When do you think, realistically, say, rugby, golf, tennis, soccer - sport specific versions of this, sport-specific ones We'd be able to start doing easily by the end of the year.

Really? That's great. no substitute for anecdotal success. For Dore, science appears is on the market What went before and what else is effectively irrelevant.

with learning difficulties, For children

of the Dore Program is Year Zero. the arrival

I happen to believe that's debated too much that cure is a word this is not a disease, and therefore, because perhaps we shouldn't be using it. giving them the skills We should be talking about to have a normal life. that they would love to have because in some fields, It is curious particularly in very medical fields, you wouldn't be allowed to do this. the product on the market First of all, you couldn't put independently evaluated - unless it had already been with medical treatments. it happens a lot the product on the market And, secondly, if you do put which you can't back up, and make claims about it wound up for that reason then there have been companies so, if that's really the case, why this shouldn't happen it's not clear to me with children with reading problems. applied for those products Why are there different criteria than for other kinds of products? I thought this book was interesting throughout the book. as his emotions changed That makes his character very round. and many others, For Harry Gulson's parents there's no doubt that Dore works. feeling was that it felt right. I'm not a scientist, but my gut have to act on that intuition. And as a mother I think you It makes, to me, common sense. And there are, I think, in the medical profession there's lots of things

are common sense that to scientists or another scientifically. but they can't prove it one way prove or debunk Dore, For as long as science is unable to Blake Kelly and thousands of others clients like Robert Smith and human guinea pigs. are little more than of the desperation of parents But it's a measure and their hopes for their children they're prepared to take. that it's a costly roll of the dice read, so much comes from reading, KERRY KELLY: I believe once he can get that concept happening so if he can, you know, be able to read again he'll have to, you know, the ability to do so. but they'll be given

for him, especially, Yeah, it will be wonderful,

and a relief for me. doesn't have any effect? And if it doesn't - Oh, I'll be terribly disappointed, I wouldn't know but if I didn't try it and I'd probably be more worried will be. about how disappointed Blake But I've talked to him about that because, you know, and that we have to give it a go and hopefully it will. it could work for us One, two... If it worked I'd be delighted, a little bit even if it just worked and Robert does. because every child deserves success And if he could enjoy learning,

with maths if he could understand any concept then that would be great. would be worth anything. And that obviously Everything. in the bucket CHILDREN SING: # There's a hole # Dear Liza, dear Liza # There's a hole in the bucket # Dear Liza, a hole # THEME MUSIC

This program is not subtitled from a columnist Grindingly tortured English of the language. railing against the collapse and this is Media Watch. Hi. I'm Monica Attard Welcome to the show. Unfortunately for the Sydney Morning Herald's Paul Sheehan, turned out to be too good to be true. the director of the outcomes office Well, that apology left us wondering, Paul Sheehan quoted from? what was the correspondence the World Youth Organisation, Was it from someone inside lampooning itself?

more light on. One stupidity we can't shed Sorry about that! Now to a commercial break. And all on your ABC! So, what is this we're seeing? or such a dire lack of funds Is it creeping commercialisation, expert commentary that Aunty simply has to outsource company names down our throats? and repeatedly ram First to ABC local radio as its Tour de France reporter. and its use of David Olle David Olle's travel business - taking people to Europe's big bike races - and every time was mentioned each and Sydney crossed to him. ABC local radio in Melbourne And it even got a recommendation. ABC management isn't impressed. Sounds good. Though

And there's a problem using a commentator whose business success is tied to the popularity and credibility of the race. Who's to know whether it was David Olle's love of cycling or his eagerness to preserve the sport's popularity which led him to initially play down doping allegations

against the tour leader - Michael Rasmussen. It was more serious than that. Within days, Rasmussen was thrown out of the Tour over the missed drug tests that David Olle suggested were just a problem with paperwork. But Olle says his reporting was influenced by his love of the sport.

For all that, David Olle certainly appreciates the value of exposure on the ABC. He's very clear on what the profile is worth, but is ABC management? Not sure that'd wipe out the problem. Another company picking up a lot of air-time on ABC radio is the Australian Traffic Network. The ABC's radio networks offer dozens of radio stations for the company to sprinkle with traffic reports. ATN provides reports for ABC local radio in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra, as well as the newsradio network. It turns over $36 million a year for its American parent company, by providing commercial radio and TV traffic reports. The stations get those reports for free, but ATN makes its money by selling ads to other companies that are inserted in the reports. The deal with the ABC stipulates no ads, though ATN's Sallyanne Ryan

forgot that when she was reporting for ABC local radio recently.

Did you catch that? Have another listen.

Not a good sign for the future of the deal. You'd hope not. But that error isn't the only problem with the ABC using this company. ATN isn't meant to list ABC stations on its website. But it does. But we're still left asking, why would the company want to work for ABC radio, given the ABC doesn't have any commercial airtime to pay with?

In other words, they're securing their monopoly on traffic reporting. While the ABC uses them, it's not using a potential competitor. And since ATN plans to expand its business into areas like mobile phone and internet reports, the brand prominence the ABC can deliver is valuable. For now, it's NASDAQ-listed parent company

is trying to raise US$25 million with a prospectus that says this about its operations down under. We could only find 68 stations on the ATN website. We asked the company to list its holdings but it couldn't.

So, is it possible the extra four stations in the prospectus might belong to the ABC? Using the ABC reach to boost its fund-raising activities would be a serious problem for the national broadcaster.

But even if the benefit is simple 'credibility' for the Australian chapter of a big American company, the ABC senses the problem. Well, now to an organisation that's only too willing to take ads, like this one, last week. That full-page advertisement appeared in a few other Fairfax papers too - the Sydney Morning Herald, the Sunday Age, the Canberra Times and the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. It was written and paid for by the controversial group Kenja, whose leader, Ken Dyers, committed suicide two weeks ago. He was awaiting trial on more than 20 counts of aggravated indecent assault against two 12-year-old girls, and had just been told of allegations made by a third girl. But Kenja members revered the man and the group paid more than $100,000

for prime newspaper space to put his case.

In its attempt to clear Dyers's name, the Kenja ad cast doubt on the credibility of the young victims. The father of one of the alleged victims told us - The original text of the ads, submitted by Kenja, made a series of much stronger statements, directly attacking the alleged victims. Fairfax could have been in no doubt about Kenja's intention

because someone there worked with Kenja to edit out some more offensive and clearly defamatory statements. We did ask Sam North who edited the ad - the paper's editorial staff or its advertising department? No answer, there. But while the paper was ready to take the ad and the money, maybe it was feeling, well, a bit squeamish about it,

because when it covered Ken Dyers's funeral the Sydney Morning Herald didn't own up to running the ad. And which Sydney newspapers? The Sydney Morning Herald and its Sunday cohort, the Sun Herald. Ken Dyers's followers say his death meant he'd never see justice over the allegations he faced. But his alleged victims and their relatives feel the same. Makes you wonder about the morality of a newspaper accepting money to publish one side of such a sensitive story.

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