ABC postpones Christmas party for TV division as cuts announcement looms

abc tv logoABC TV has postponed its Christmas Party slated for next week due to an expected announcement of further funding cuts at around that time.

Staff received a notification about the “postponement” to the party this morning via an email obtained by Mumbrella. Staff had already forked out for tickets to the party which was to be barefoot bowls.

The email from head of ABC TV Richard Finlayson tells staff they will be contacted about refunds and ticket purchase information. The party will now be held in early December.

A spokesman for the public broadcaster confirmed the party has been postponed and rescheduled for December 3.

Earlier this week the ABC announced its 2015 programming line up, forgoing its usual Upfront presentation this year following funding cuts

The further cuts were first hinted at by Fairfax Media, with Finlayson saying at the time that the ABC and SBS had not  been informed of the size of proposed federal government cuts which could strip $200m-$300m from the public broadcasters over five years.

Finlayson told Mumbrella on Tuesday: “I have seen the story and this is all just speculation and we have had no official confirmation, as yet, to the scale of the cuts we will be receiving.”

Miranda Ward

The note to staff:

From: Richard Finlayson
Sent: Friday, 14 November 2014 10:25 AM
Subject: Christmas Party Date Change

Dear TV Team,

In light of recent statements by the Minister and the likelihood of an up-coming announcement, the TV Leadership Group feels that will regrettably have to post-pone next week’s Christmas festivities to Wednesday 3rd December. All running details of the evening will remain the same and Jd & the admin team will be in touch next week with respect to arranging new ticket sales and refunds.

Postponed Cheers,



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