Remembering Public Service
Broadcasting
Liberty and Security in Early ABC
Online Interactive Sites

by Maureen Burns (University of Queensland, Australia)

In the late nineties the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) website,ABC Online,
was very successful at a time when the ABC experienced severe political hostility and
funding reductions. This paper offers case studies of the early implementation of inter-
active online sites at the ABC to explore an alternative remembering of the ABC. Using
the success of ABC Online as a model of how to remember the ABC, one might choose
to remember the ABC as dispersed and plural, even rhizomic. Rather than being nos-
talgic for a unified past or future, we might instead be nostalgic for the diversity, plu-
rality and in-between nature of ABC practices and programming.  (download)