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(generated from captions) This program is not subtitled This program is captioned live. Why are we doing this? regional radio? In what way does this enhance to more networking of stations, Or is this going to just lead

less localism generally? less local news content, with some tough questions National Party MP Paul Neville new media laws. about the impact of the Government's edition of Media Watch, Hello, and welcome to a special I'm Monica Attard. in our major cities. Most Australians live one daily newspaper, They have at least news and information broadcasts and a choice of radio and television that focus on their city. don't have those options. But a lot of Australians for one, Nationals' Senator Barnaby Joyce doesn't get the local news he'd like southern Queensland. in his hometown of St George, that the new media laws Barnaby Joyce is worried and less local content. will lead to more networking continues to examine Tonight, as the Federal Government the prospects for media reform, service provided we're taking a look at the local how well do they serve you? by regional media now - and the Illawarra region. So, let's start in Wollongong Wollongong is our ninth largest city With around 200,000 people, by media choice. and pretty well served the 'Illawarra Mercury', There's a daily paper, and television stations. and a range of radio But there's concentration too. the local FM station One company controls and the local TV channel, WIN. in the region WIN is a major source of news of local news. with a 30 minute nightly bulletin

This is WIN News. I'm Geoff Phillips. Good evening, And I'm Kerryn Johnston. Also tonight - joy at the turnstiles tonight the Entertainment Centre. for WIN Stadium and temple visits the Shoalhaven, And a delegation from the Shaolin WIN has reporters on the ground in Wollongong. and it's broadcast from their studio local TV channels - The news services on the other are very different. Prime and Southern Cross - Neither has an evening bulletin, of news updates throughout the day. instead each broadcast a series far away Canberra Those updates come from and they're not necessarily live. As Prime's Alan Butorac explains,

to provide a full TV news service. Wollongong Prime doesn't pretend Southern Cross takes a similar view. don't require full local news. The licenses for these stations to just provide updates, So WIN could also choose they'll stick with full bulletins. though they say the network from its rivals. WIN's news service distinguishes that works for the local community. And it's a market decision As we said, for the moment, by the media. Wollongong is well served like Griffith in NSW, But in other towns the market isn't always so kind. Good evening. council watchdog Tonight on WIN news - a Griffith

prepares to tackle local issues. back in business. A local icon - Pop's tomato sauce, wait for rain. And the region's farmers everyone - These aren't stories that interest of the Griffith region this is news for the 50,000 people

in south-western NSW. just a month ago, But sadly, that WIN TV News, was their last local bulletin. Griffith and Wagga Wagga WIN TV amalgamated the news from into one Riverina bulletin. Griffith isn't pleased. And, as Mayor Zappacosta told us,

chamber of commerce The local council and the local one of the TV networks to invest are pushing to get in more Griffith news.

But the bottom line has spoken -

news for Griffith. so it's bad news - or at least less - is read by Geoff Phillips The new combined Riverina bulletin about 500km away. in WIN's Wollongong studio, for central western NSW He also reads WIN's news bulletins and Wollongong. common, especially in regional radio. Remote news reading is increasingly in Albany WA, Hobart Tasmania For example, what do listeners have in common? and the Queensland Gold Coast

The answer is Greg Henricks. on the Gold Coast Greg is based at Sea FM where he reads the news. the news for Hobart's Sea FM too. That same day he was reading And for Hot FM in WA. All three stations Regional Radioworks network. are part of the growing Macquarie Macquarie Broadcasting Company The network is not connected to the that owns Sydney's Radio 2GB. It's owned by Macquarie Bank network in regional Australia. and it's now the largest commercial is a feature of the network Centralised news reading

sense, it isn't always good news. and while that makes good business for example, Greg Henricks' Hot FM news, in south-western WA was heard in nine towns including Kalgoorlie and Albany.

from Greg's studio on the Gold Coast. Those towns are well over 3,000km And it shows: even Western Australian story There's not a single local or in that bulletin. at Sea FM in Tasmania. And things are no better

You get the idea - to the people of Hobart? how are these stories relevant These aren't national news bulletins of interest to all Australians, that compile and order stories of stories from somewhere. they're just haphazard collections to monitor news bulletins in Cairns, Last month we set up an experiment and Townsville. the Gold Coast, Mackay, Toowoomba rather than a survey, It was a snapshot regional radio stations but we compared five Macquarie radio competitors. with their ABC local The Macquarie stations are hubbed,

and broadcast from Townsville which means their news is compiled and the Gold Coast. less local news than the ABC. And we found they almost always ran

told us: Macquarie regional radioworks But we're concerned that hubbing,

and news reading, centralised news gathering of regional commercial radio. is reducing the quality for example, In Mount Gambier, South Australia, on ABC local radio. this was the lead story not a word about it on 5SE, That's a big local story but morning news. the local Macquarie regional Which is great, except that lead story is about a festival event 450km from Mount Gambier. The problem is, you see, that the 5SE news no longer comes from Mount Gambier. The local newsroom was closed down early last year.

The news is now compiled and broadcast from Bendigo in Victoria, which is almost 400km away. Which may explain this item too. Paul Fallon is the director of WorkSafe Victoria, not the equivalent organisation in South Australia, SafeWork SA. And it's not just news of course. There are some things that ABC local radio can't do - like giving a plug to the local businesses that sponsor local sport. Brad Shannon was the commercial radio manager in Katanning in Western Australia when local stations were taken over and hubbed. He saw the impact on the community. Brad lost his job, but says it goes beyond his employment.

As we said earlier - regional politicians are also concerned about the state of their local media. So we wrote to Communications Minister Helen Coonan and six of her colleagues who've expressed concern about media reform. We asked them all what the Government could do to enhance and develop local content in our regional media. The minister told us - But Queensland Nationals' Senator Barnaby Joyce says he wants to see legislation to ensure local content and competition. And Nationals' MP Paul Neville,

the chairman of the Coalition's backbench committee on communications, wants legislated diversity plus minimum live and local content with local news. There's obviously still some way to go before the minister gets her reforms. You can read more about the issue, including the minister's full response, on our website abc.net.au/mediawatch. While you're there, go to our regional Media Watch page and tell us about local media services in your area. Until next week, good night. Captions by Captioning and Subtitling International.

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(APPLAUSE)

Thank you. Thank you very

much.

Good evening. Welcome to

Enough Rope. Thank you. My

first guest tonight was an

athlete of rare ability and

beauty, one of Australia's

greatest runners. Her Olympic

career was blighted by drug

cheats and petty officialdom

that denied her the ultimate

accolade of a gold medal. Many

words have been written and

spoken about that part of her

story but it's what's happened

since, after her retirement

from running, that truly marks

her as a woman who simply won't

be beaten. Please welcome

Raelene Boyle. Hello. Easy at

this stage! Yes, so far, so

good. It's so nice to have you

here. Thank you. It's nice to

be here. Back in the old 'Fat'

studio. Well, yes. Former

'Fat' studio. 'The Fat' like

in the show. The last time I

saw you was on 'The Fat'. For a

minute then I thought you were

referring to me and I thought

"That's a bit cruel to start

with." The only fat person I

talk about is myself. I'm

giving you a sceptical look

there. I'm a bit more rotund

than when I was running, but

then ... You're 55. I just

turned 55. You're allowed a

touch of rotundity, it's

alright. And grey hairs and

blindness and wrinkles and it

goes on and on. It's unheard

of in the human race for people

to have that happen as they get

older! You have always been a

person who speaks her mind,

which is one of the things we

love about you. I want to talk

about sport in general before

we get on to your life.

Firstly, Ian Thorpe, the pressure he has been under

about his diet and all that

stuff, have we taken the joy

out of the Olympics. I think

it's a trade-off. These young

guys today are making so much

money oust sport. They have

publicists, managers, all sorts

of people working on promoting

their image, putting them in

the paper, getting them in the magazines, making them money

and all of a sudden they say "I

don't want this any more. I'll

keep the cash." I think it's

sad that the balance is out of

whack. Life is all about balance. Don't take yourself

too seriously. Don't take your

sport too seriously. You will probably enjoy it more and get

more out of yourself. Here is

a serious question, then, about

sport. 30 years ago you were being offered drugs which you

declined to take. It's clear

that we've been watching drug

assisted Olympics for many

years. Why keep pretending this

isn't happening? Why not just

allow a drug-assisted Olympics,

admit that the problem can't be

stopped and perhaps let those

who don't wish to use drugs

wear an armband or something to

say "I'm drug free", so they're

not just judged on performance

but also on character. We've

seen examples of why you don't

open up to total drug abuse in

sport. We've seen young people

dying because of the abuse of

drugs in sport. I can see a lot

of reasons why you don't open

it up and say "Take what you

want." These drugs are all

made to help people like me who

have lived with a cancer or

other diseases. These drugs are

not made to make you run faster

or ride faster or - it's not a

matter of seeing the individual

that can take more that wins,

it's more I want to see the

natural sport come back. But

do you accept that many of

these athletes are using drugs

of some sort? There is no

doubt. If you read the paper,

I've been screaming about it

for years. Why didn't you? It

was just morally wrong. You

must've been tempted? Not at

all. Not at all. So even though you didn't win Olympic

gold, did the fact that the

people that beat you were

taking the drugs, taking

illegal substances, did that

pacify your sense of not having

achieved what you wanted to achieve? Probably not back

then. You know, you grow up and you realise that sport is

sport. You get down on the

starting blocks and you run

100m and you walk off a winner

or loser and that's as simple

as it seems to me now. Back

then, you know, I might've done

a four-year training programme

up to an Olympic Games where

the last two years was tough

and hard, maybe 7, 7.5 hours a

day work and you'd get out

there and break twins or in my

instance once and you'd win a

silver medal and you'd walk

away going "Why the hell did I

waste all that time?" But in

the back of your mind always

there was a challenge. And

there was always going to be, a few times, another Olympic

Games for me. It created the

challenge that kept my career

going and gave me the longevity

I had out there on the track.

You used to say you love the

whole sensation of running. Can

you describe it? There was a

beauty about running fast. I

way I covered the ground worked extremely hard on the

because I believed if you could

work on the way you covered the

ground then you had to go

fairly fast over it if you had

the speed gift, and I liked the

feeling of feeling in control,

looking good, and running

fast. How long did it take you

to unwind after a big race? Oh

two, three beers.

(Laughs) Which was also a no-no

back then. But they were

quality training beers, right? Quality training beers.

I needed rehydration quickly. Sustabrew! Yes! When you were