ABC Friends have kicked off a campaign to oppose funding cuts to the ABC, with plans to roll out more than 10 videos on social media that appeal to young voters in the lead up to the Federal election.
In an exclusive report from Fairfax Media, ABC Friends has launched the campaign to defend the independent status of the public broadcaster, rolling out more than 10 videos on social media in a bid to get youngsters to support candidates who want to restore ABC’s funding.
The first of the series of videos gives the future of television quite shitty prospects, predicting host of 7.30 Leigh Sales as a contestant on ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here’ among other horrors. You can catch it here:
The country-wide campaign has also rustled up thousands of volunteers to ask voters in regions of marginal Coalition seats to sign “pledge cards” backing the ABC, according to Fairfax.
And the campaign isn’t without fire, actually posing threats to government marginal seat-holders, who are already under attack from GPs against the extended freeze on Medicare rebates, not to mention changes to superannuation in the pre-election budget.
ABC Friends campaign coordinator Jeff Waters told Fairfax that its membership had soared, along with donations, following outrage over the ABC cuts.
“We are getting pro bono support from producers, artists and production companies to do something we could never have contemplated before,” he said.
“We’re throwing everything we have at changing public opinion because we see this as a crucial election for the national broadcaster,” ABC Friends spokesman Ranald Macdonald told Fairfax Media.
“The more than $300 million in cuts to the ABC since the Abbott-Turnbull governments came to power has routed the organisation, costing jobs, quality, and hundreds of hours of Australian-produced content.”