ABC axes gaming show Good Game

The ABC has axed its long-running gaming program Good Game after 10 years.


The decision to end the show followed on from two key presenters announcing their decision to leave the program after the summer break.

In a statement shared across the show’s Twitter account, the ABC said: “In light of this major setback, and changes in the way audiences are choosing to get their information about gaming, the ABC has decided to end the long and successful run of the show. We plan to continue Spawn Point in a new format.”

Spawn Point is a spin-off show from Good Game targeted at younger market. It launched in 2010.

The ABC has said it expects “to retain all the remaining Good Game team”.

“The ABC would like to acknowledge the wonderful work of Janet Carr and all of the Good Gamers. Any show that makes it to a 10th birthday is something to be proud of,” the statement said.

“Good Game pioneered video game TV. Its commitment and innovation has been repeatedly and appropriately awarded. The show has had a tremendous run and plenty of adventures, none of which would have happened without the ongoing love and support of you, the GG community.”

The show first went to air in September 2006.

The axing of Good Game follows the resignation of ABC chief operating officer, David Pendelton, last week and the announced departure of director of television, Richard Finlayson.

The departures are the latest in what has become a turbulent time for the organisation since the arrival of new managing director, Michelle Guthrie, last April.

Since Guthrie, who worked at News Corp earlier in her career, joined, the organisation has seen a number of dramatic changes including the dropping of almost all music programs from Radio National. The staff for science TV show, Catalyst, were also axed.

During Guthrie’s first few months, The ABC also ceased its opinion site, The Drum.

In October, Guthrie set out “equal digital life” as the new mantra for the organisation’s content strategy.


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