New cricket season

Hi all

The new Sunshine Coast Cricket Association season is just around the corner. Most grades will retain the traditional mix of two dayers and limited overs games. 

I’m informed that fifth division will be limited overs games only. 

The new ground at USC is currently serviced by the 618 bus route. Alternatively the USC station is a 15 minute walk through the Uni campus away.
The new ground at the University of the Sunshine Coast is expected to host its first game in round 1. This round is scheduled for October 7 and 14. 

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Are Public Service Broadcasters still relevant?

Public Service broadcasters (PSB) are relevant and useful in today’s society as they provide access to services that may be unaccounted for by commercial free to air broadcasters. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) charter gives it this mandate. Other PSBs around the world serve a similar mandate.

Public Service Broadcasters are also not beholden to the need to make a profit, only to what is outlined in the relevant legislation and charter. The ABC’s charter provides that the broadcaster must present programming that informs, educates, and entertains the audience.(Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 [Cwlth]) It must also make reasonable effort to provide Australia with a representation of the cultural diversity of it’s community at large. Where the ABC falls down in this regard – the provision of multilingual news bulletins and entertainment, and indigenous programming – the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) picks up through its SBSOne and Viceland channels, and National Indigenous Television (NITV) respectively. Other than it’s English language shows SBSOne provides programming in languages such as Greek, German, Arabic, Italian and Spanish amongst others. National Indigenous Television, meanwhile, provides theirs in a variety of indigenous languages as well as English. The ABC and the SBS have both faced criticism, rightly or wrongly, for audience away from the commercial networks. Bardoel and Lowe (2007) write that the “culture versus commerce divide is the most characteristic tension in debate about [Public Service Broadcasters], and especially in the context of deliberations about the transition to [Public Service Media].” It can be argued that without the ABC creating and implementing it’s iView service the commercial networks may have taken longer to create and implement their own Catch Up TV services. In this way the ABC can be said to have innovated Catch Up TV in Australia. Section 2 of the ABC’s charter specifies that the Corporation shall consider amongst other things, the services provided by other broadcaster, the standards set by the Australian Communication and Media Authority, and the balance of programming with wide appeal and more specialised programming.

Public Broadcasters have historical acted in incubatory and innovative roles. Scannell (1990) notes that the creation of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), and it’s radio and television channels provided common access to a wide range of public ceremonies and events. He uses royal weddings, and an FA Cup soccer final amongst other examples of such events broadcast. Commercial broadcasters have since broadcast such events. At a local level both commercial, and community broadcasters in Australia have provided an outlet for equivalent events in their respective areas. (TV8 1986; Channel 31 2015) Before the aggregation of regional television, each licence area outside of the capital cities had one commercial television station, and the ABC. The presence of the ABC – at least from the 1974 Joint Sitting of the federal parliament onwards – provided the regular citizens with access to their national parliament. East (1997) notes that when the Post Master General Charles Davidson announced in 1959 stage three of televisions roll out in Australia it was concluded that the ABC would broadcast alongside commercial stations that met certain conditions. He quotes Oswin (1984 p50) as saying, “A great deal of capital would not be require. Local sports and … local concerts could be televised” And indeed they were. (TV8 1986) It can be argued that both the ABC and the SBS have provided an innovative approach to broadcasting by introducing a variety of television channels, radio stations that are broadcast both locally and nationally. Debrett (2009) contends that these innovations are limited by policy and funding constraints. While the SBS receives limited advertising revenue, the ABC relies more heavily on taxpayer funding. In 2003, suck funding limitations lead to the cancellation of the ABC’s first digital channels – FlyTV, and Kidz. Subsequent legislative change allowed the ABC to launch ABC2 – initially performing a time shift function – and the SBS to launch it’s World News channel. While channels like National Geographic have taken some of the audience traditionally held by Public Service Broadcasters, these channels are only available on (commercial) Pay TV. The SBS currently has amongst it’s streams a food channel. For this channel it produces some programmes produced by Australian producers as well as licensing content from overseas. These more specialised, innovative uses of broadcasting techniques demonstrate why Public Service Broadcasters are still relevant and remain competitive.

Public Service Broadcasters can rely on it’s network of stations to provide sufficient content for each individual hub. Commercial stations are not necessarily as lucky. Where a commercial station is run independently of a metropolitan station it is in a position where the metro station has the upper hand. (East 1997) In the early 1960’s, New South Wales stations WIN Wollongong and NBN Newcastle were both denied access to content from the two Sydney stations – ATN7, and TCN9. Most regional stations currently in existent are owned by a network, whether that be Prime, Win, Southern Cross, or NBN. (ACMA 2014) These networks all have affiliation agreements with the metropolitan networks Seven, Nine or Ten. Where there is a news story about a regional area opening a transport hub that would connect it to major centres or a capital city, a Public Service Broadcaster may well be in a better position to communicate the story back to a central hub for wider broadcast. Unless they are owned and operated by the metropolitan networks – Seven Nine, and Ten – or have it written into there affiliation agreements, regional commercial broadcasters do not contribute content back into a common pot. For example, Seven Queensland is an owned and operated network of the Seven Network. A cameraman in Brisbane can shoot footage that is then used in a local news bulletins down the Queensland coast as well as state bulletins in each state.. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation could film the same event for stories broadcast in each capital city and into regional areas around the country.

Public Service Broadcasters are still relevant in today’s society as they still provide the content that is mandated by their charters. To make a point otherwise would be to ignore these charters.

References

‘2015 Division 1 EDFL Grand Final Live – Essendon Doutta Stars Vs Craigieburn’, Local Footy Show 2015, television program, Channel 31, Melbourne, September

1986 Latrobe Valley Football League Grand Final, 1986, television program, TV8, Moe, September

Australian Communication and Media Authority 201, Commercial TV Broadcasting Licences, ACMA, Canbera

Booth, R 2005, The economic development of the Australian Football League, Monash University, Melbourne.

Debrett, M 2009, ‘Riding the wave: public service television in the multi-platform era’, Media, Culture & Society, vol. 31, pp. 807-27.

East, N 1998, ‘Aggregation and Regional Television’, master thesis, University of Wollongong – Graduate School of Journalism, Wollongong, viewed 2016-04-07.

Scannell, P 1990, ‘Public Service Broadcasting: The History of the Concept’, in Goodwin, A & Whannel G (ed.), Understanding television, Routledge, London; New York, pp. 11-29

 

Bibliography

‘Casey v North Ballarat’, Grandstand VFL 2009, television program, Australian Broadcastion Corporation, Melbourne

Comer, JC & Wikle, TA 2015, ‘Access to locally-oriented television broadcasting in a digital era’, Applied Geography, vol. 60, pp. 280-7.

Lange, KM 2002, ‘Sport and New Media: a profile of Internet sport journalists in Australia’, Victoria University, Melbourne, viewed 2016-04-07 08:25:16, via Google Scholar.

Network Ten in voluntary administration, what of the regional affiliations?

Hi all

As you may have seen reported in the news Network Ten has gone into voluntary administration. The Network has a $200 million loan that will no longer be garenteed by two of it’s share holders.

What does this mean for it’s regional affiliates?

There are reports that Ten plans to operate as normally as possible. If this occurs, not much will change for the affiliates – Win and TDT Tasmania. If not, Win will have to find another source of programming. TDT is also affiliated with Seven so it may ditch the Ten affiliation altogether.

Could we see more local sport on TV?

Win currently broadcasts a local news bulletins into each of it’s coverage areas. It also produces a national news bulletin with stories from the local bulletins.

As you can imagine I’m in two minds on this. It’s clearly a bad thing as people may lose their jobs. But it also put’s me in a position where I may be supplying content to Win. If I had it my way, the employees of Ten would keep their jobs and I would be supplying programming to Win.

If you’ve read the last paragraph and gone ‘what the?’ I produce sports coverage over on the PattmanSport Youtube channel. This includes the above video.

Ten says it’s well on it’s way to raising the money through reduced broadcast licence fees and cheaper content deals. It may survive this, it may not.

Ashes accreditation and #WeWantDerbyTickets

Hi all

I’m firing this blog back up. As many of you may have seen I’ve been working on the YouTube channel PattmanSport. The channel has taken up most of my non-University time so I’ve not had much time to spend working on this blog.

That being said… I’ll be posting more stuff here as well as over on PattmanSport. First post off the rank – after this post of course – will be an essay on whether Public Broadcasters are still relevant. After that will be match coverage of the Sunshine Coast Reserve grade match between Maroochydore and Nambour. Such sports coverage as you can imagine will be in conjunction with video uploads over at PattmanSport.

In the coming month or so I will be applying for accreditation to the national and internation level in Brisbane. Thus accreditation will include the Ashes test at the Gabba, Big Bash League and Womens Big Bash League games among others.

I’m giving away two double passes to the Roller Derby game between the Coastal Aassassins Roller Derby Assassins and the South Side Roller Girls Killer Bees. Comment on any PattmanSport video to go in the running for one of those.

More content is coming. Be it match reports, interviews, essays, or other content; it’s coming.

CMN150 Visual Journalism

Composition and Angles

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Improved conditions have allowed beach goers a chance to take their artistic ideas to the sea. The Sunshine Coast’s beaches have many shells, and other objects that could be used as decorations for sand castles. Many tourists, as well as locals, construct these things as an amusement for themselves and others.

The photographs shows a persons hand placing a decoration on a sand structure. The intersection of arm and the structure is located at the junction of the photo’s left and bottom third lines.

The arm gives a visual line to the top of the image. This draws the attention to the background details. The shape of the structure takes attention out towards the ocean with the shadows created by the decorator taking the attention out of shot at the bottom left corner.

The space to the top right of the image and the rotation of the hand draw attention out to sea.

Lighting

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Daylight savings not have saved the end of the first days play between the Sunshine Coast Scorchers and University of Queensland. Many businesses argue that winding the clocks forward in line with other states would bring increased productivity and lower costs. Queensland’s weather may conspire against that idea.

This image shows a large rain cloud baring down on a game of cricket. It is being used to show how an extra hour of sunlight may be negated by heavy cloud cover.

The action is contained within the upper and bottom thirds. The trees running across the middle of the image act as a separation between the action on the ground and the clouds in the sky.

The shade of grey in the clouds gives the impression that the clouds would absorb much of the suns light nullifying the extra hour at the end of the day.

Portraiture

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Taking two phone calls at once is all in a day’s work for Gail Gardiner. Organising the allocation of teams into divisions, getting the fixtures ready, and generally communicating things between clubs and the Sunshine Coast Cricket Association committee are amongst the many things undertaken by the SCCA Administrator. The Sunshine Coast club season begins September 24.

This image shows how busy the behind the scenes of a club’s goings on can be. While there is a lot going on in it, the scene is not cluttered. The subject is located at the right hand side of the image – on the third on that side. Using two phones simultaneously shows a sense of busyness.

The two screens, with something seen on the far one, shows work being done. Paperwork located beneath the near monitor and the reflection of the back of that monitor help demonstrate this.

News

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“If we get up and then we have to sit back down the seats’ll be wet. We’ve been building up to this all week.. and they played ten minutes.” The 2016 Sunshine Coast Football Premier Men’s Grand Final was washed out after about 10 minutes of play. Woombye were leading one – nil at the time of the stoppage. Kawana won the replay 4 – 2.

This image show two women who have attended a sporting event that has been affected by a weather event. The black yellow and pink garments demonstrate that this weather event had come through.

The people, seating and metal fencing in the background show that the two women were seated in a grandstand. The arrangement of the garments, the phone and postures suggests a casual, slightly disorganised but optimistic demeanour of the people involved.