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Ned Zelic says Asian Cup is Japan’s to lose

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Former Socceroos Ned Zelic watches footage of his famous goal against Holland. Photo: Jamila Toderas Ned Zelic returned to Erindale College on Monday for the sport stars of the year awards. Isaac Dean, Georgia Bass and the college’s rugby league team took out the top gongs. Photo: Jamila Toderas
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Australian soccer star Ned Zelic thinks the Asian Cup is Japan’s to lose and that pressure puts the Socceroos in a strong position to claim the title for the first time.

While Zelic saw positives for the Aussies, he wasn’t so upbeat about fellow Canberran Carl Valeri’s hopes of breaking into the Socceroos squad for the tournament in Australia in January as he felt coach Ange Postecoglou was looking at other options.

Zelic was back at his old school, Erindale College, for its annual sports awards on Monday, where he relived his wonder goal against Holland that qualified the Olyroos for the 1992 Olympic Games.

He  said the Socceroos had the ability to win the Asian Cup, but felt making the semi-finals was a more realistic goal.

Australia lost a friendly 2-1 to Japan  last week, which Zelic said made the reigning Asian Cup champions the favourite to go back-to-back.

But he said that favouritism brought extra pressure.

“I think [Australia] can win it, but being realistic now I think getting into the semi-finals that is realistic and what happens from then on, who knows,” Zelic said.

“I’m not at the point where I can say we’re going to win the tournament.

“We can, we have the ability and the quality to do so, but there’s a lot of things that have to fall into place.

“I don’t think we have that real pressure on us going into the tournament, because people have seen we’ve struggled.

“I think it’s not a bad position to be in, I think all the pressure is on Japan.”

Valeri has reignited his career with A-League club Melbourne Victory this season after an ankle injury forced him out for more than a year.

Despite having 52 Socceroos caps, Zelic felt his omission against Japan was an indication for the Asian Cup.

But he said Valeri had proved himself on the world stage and was someone Postecoglou could turn to.

“I think Ange is looking more towards younger players now,” Zelic said.

“Carl’s been there, played at the World Cup as well, I think Ange is looking beyond.

“The fact that Carl wasn’t involved in Japan – you can’t rule him out completely, a lot of things could happen – but if you’re being realistic about it I think it’s going to be tough for him to get in.

“Carl’s shown that he can perform for the Socceroos.

“You’ve got some players that do well at club level, but struggle internationally. I think Carl’s a different case.

“He’s got the experience overseas and is always someone that you can turn to and know that he’ll go out and do a solid job for you.

“But I’m just looking at it from Ange’s point of view and the fact that he hasn’t been involved now.”

Erindale’s top gongs went to martial artist Isaac Dean, snowboarder Georgia Bass and its senior rugby league team.

CANBERRA’S ASIAN CUP GAMES

South Korea v Oman, January 10 4pm

UAE v  Qatar, January 11 6pm

Kuwait v South Korea, January 13 6pm

Bahrain v UAE, January 15 6pm

China v North Korea, January 18 8pm

Iraq v Palestine, January 20 8pm

Quarter-final, January 23 5.30pm

ABC’s Mark Scott will stay the course despite bumpy ride

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Staying: The head of the ABC Mark Scott. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Staying: The head of the ABC Mark Scott. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
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Staying: The head of the ABC Mark Scott. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

ABC chief Mark Scott is pledging to remain at the helm of the public broadcaster to implement hundreds of jobs cuts, unpopular program changes and a bigger emphasis on digital content.

After announcing that more than 400 ABC employees could be made redundant, Mr Scott committed to seeing out the rest of his contract.

“I’ve still got 18 months or more to go … I’m planning to fulfil that,” he told Fairfax Media on Monday. “The board’s asked me to do that. And I’m keen to do that, so that’s my planning at this point.”

Mr Scott’s pledge stares down recent pressure from Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who announced last week that he would write to the ABC Board, recommending it strips Mr Scott of half of his responsibilities. Mr Turnbull has argued that it is inappropriate for Mr Scott to be both editor-in-chief and managing director of the broadcaster.

Mr Scott did not buy into the idea, simply saying, “If the Minister has other views on how we should be organised … then he can write to the board and of course the board will consider that and respond.”

In an address to ABC staff on Monday, Mr Scott said that close to 10 per cent of the ABC’s permanent workforce could lose their jobs as the broadcaster deals with a $254 million funding cut announced by Mr Turnbull last week. In a separate briefing to journalists, ABC news director Kate Torney announced that 100 of the 400 job losses would come from the news division. However, with new digital positions being created, the overall job losses for the division are expected to be around 30.

While many ABC news journalists were expected to find out on Monday if they would be effected by the redundancies – which will not be an open, voluntary scheme – others within the ABC will have to wait until next year to learn of their fate.

Among other changes, which are supported by the ABC board, the Friday state editions of 7.30 will be axed, TV production in South Australia will end, most radio bulletins will be cut back to five minutes and local sports coverage will be reduced. Ms Torney also told reporters the ABC’s Auckland bureau would be axed and that a new bureau would be created in Beirut.

The prestigious Lateline will move to an earlier, regular slot on ABC 24, while continuing in a later spot on ABC1 for 2015. Mr Scott said that he frequently received complaints that Lateline aired too late and did not have a regular timeslot.

“I think we’ve just got to recognise that we’ve got a news channel and we plan to use that news channel well,” he said.

The ABC head dismissed suggestions that he was using the cover of the budget cuts to carry out long-planned, unpopular reforms.

“They’re decisions that we’re a bit reluctant on, we don’t approach them with any great joy,” he said.

But Mr Scott stressed that the ABC had a greater priority, which was to invest in mobile and online media to ensure the broadcaster’s future. He described a new $20 million digital investment fund as “just a downpayment”. “We need to be able to continue to follow our audiences.”

The ABC managing director is more than half way through his second term as head of the ABC. He started the role in July 2006 and is due to finish in July 2016.

In response to the changes, ABC Friends said it was dismayed by the “damage that this government is inflicting on the ABC”. “The government was given no mandate to destroy the national public broadcaster,” national spokeswoman Glenys Stradijot said.

In question time, Labor tried unsuccessfully to censure Prime Minister Tony Abbott for promising there would be no cuts to the ABC or SBS.  “He is a narrow man,” Labor leader Bill Shorten said. “He has no ideology other than extremism.”

Earlier, Mr Abbott argued that “everyone” knew efficiency dividends would be applied across government and he had not said there would be “special treatment” for the ABC.

Tony Abbott denies breaking promise on the ABC: We have ‘fundamentally kept faith’ of voters

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott rejected claims he lied about ABC budget cuts. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Tony Abbott after a division in relation to the censure motion. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Andrew Meares

Prime Minister Tony Abbott rejected claims he lied about ABC budget cuts. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Prime Minister Tony Abbott rejected claims he lied about ABC budget cuts. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied he has broken a pledge not to cut funding to the ABC and SBS, telling Parliament his government had “fundamentally kept faith with the Australian people”.

The comments were Mr Abbott’s first on budget changes to the ABC since a $254 million reduction was announced by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull last week.

In question time on Monday, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten asked Mr Abbott about comments he made in an interview on SBS TV on the night before last year’s election, in which he vowed there would be “no cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS.” The Opposition Leader moved a censure motion against Mr Abbott, saying the Prime Minister had broken his promise.

Much of Labor’s attack centred on Mr Abbott’s commitment there would be no cuts to the two public broadcasters, following an announcement from ABC managing director Mark Scott on Monday in which he detailed the programs and services that would be affected by a $254 million funding reduction.

But Mr Abbott denied he had broken his word.

“This a government which has fundamentally kept faith, has fundamentally kept faith with the Australian people,” Mr Abbott said.

“We are doing what the people elected us to do, to deliver the policies, to make the tough decisions that this country needed.”

Mr Abbott said the Coalition was simply applying to the ABC the kind of “efficiency dividend” it was applying to almost every other part of government.

“Members opposite thought that the ABC was the one institution that shouldn’t be subject to an efficiency dividend. We think it should be subject to the efficiency dividend. The ABC should not be exempted from the kind of measures that are being applied to almost every other part of government,” he said.

“We never promised special treatment for the ABC or the SBS… I should point out to the member who asked the question that before the election the Treasurer, then the shadow treasurer, said very publicly of the ABC, “If there is waste we will cut it.”

Mr Abbott challenged Mr Shorten to promise to restore the funding to the ABC if Labor were to form government.

“If he won’t do that he is a fraud,” Mr Abbott said.

Mr Shorten said Mr Abbott was regarded as “box office poison” in Victoria because he had failed to keep commitments, including not to cut funding for health and education.

The censure motion was voted down along party lines. Follow us on Twitter

Lucas Herbert drove 11 hours overnight from Melbourne to Sydney to qualify for the Australian Open

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Successful drive: Lucas Herbert has qualified for the Australian Open.
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Successful drive: Lucas Herbert has qualified for the Australian Open.

Successful drive: Lucas Herbert has qualified for the Australian Open.

Successful drive: Lucas Herbert has qualified for the Australian Open.

A double bogey on the final hole of the Australian Masters on Sunday cost amateur Lucas Herbert direct qualification into the Australian Open, but an 11-hour drive from Melbourne to Sydney reignited his dream.

Herbert, who finished tied for 11th position at the Masters in Melbourne, needed to bogey the final hole to gain a direct passage into the tournament, starting at the Australian Golf Club on Thursday, but could only manage the double bogey.

However, instead of giving up hope of seeing their son playing alongside Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott in Sydney, Herbert’s parents drove him 10 hours overnight in time for his 9.39am tee-off at the Australian Open pre-qualifier at Carnarvon Golf Club in Lidcombe.

“It’s been an absolute roller-coaster the last 48 hours,” Herbert said on Monday. “There were no flights left from Melbourne to Sydney last night. We were going to fly up in the morning but we thought it was a risk if the flight got cancelled or they lost my bags or something. So we decided to drive up last night. We left Melbourne at 7pm and got to Sydney at 6.30am and went straight there this morning.

“Both my parents shared the driving and I tried to sleep in the back seat. I slept better than I thought I would, but we’ve all slept in the back seat … so it wasn’t comfortable. I was pretty weary and disappointed still from that last hole, but I was happy to go through.”

Herbert shot a one-over round of 71 at the Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne, finishing the tournament at five under, just four shots behind winner Nick Cullen.

However, the double bogey on the par-four 18th hole cost the 18-year-old dearly, missing out on the top 10 and direct qualification for the Australian Open.

His fortunes changed in Sydney, where he finished in the top three to qualify for the Open, one shot clear of fourth position.

“I birdied the last,” Herbert said.

“I would have went into a playoff and it could have went anywhere from there. I shot five under today. I was pretty relieved. When I was driving up, we spoke about the disappointment, but I knew I had to forget about what happened and I did that. Dad said he was prepared to drive and then mum decided she wanted to help him out with the driving. I stretched out on the back seat and got some sleep. We stopped off at home [Bendigo] for some supplies, then kept on going.

“I reckon I woke up at about 6.30. It wasn’t the best sleep I’ve ever had, but it was better than nothing. I was still wearing the same shirt that I wore at Metro and I had a 9.30 tee-off at Carnarvon, so I jumped in the shower at the club and away we went.”

Four Corners, Australian Story, Foreign Correspondent to lose resources in ABC budget cuts

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Kate Torney, ABC news director, says some staff will be targeted for retrenchment.ABC cuts the work of political bastardryComment: The ABC has flab to be cut
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The ABC’s news division has been hit particularly hard by the Abbott government’s budget cuts, with an estimated 100 job losses expected and changes to flagship programs and news bulletins.

News director Kate Torney outlined the cuts in a staff briefing at ABC’s Ultimo headquarters on Monday afternoon.

Respected television programs including Four Corners, Australian Story, Foreign Correspondent, Landline and the fact checking unit will lose resources, Torney confirmed – but will not be axed.

All radio news bulletins will be reduced to five minutes, except the 7am and 7.45am updates and Triple J’s bulletins.

The state-based editions of 7.30 will air for the last time on December 5. They will be replaced by a cheaper, national version of 7.30, the details of which are yet to be announced.

Lateline will move to a “fixed timeslot” – yet to be announced – on the News24 channel and will be repeated on ABC’s main channel.

The regional radio program Bush Telegraph tweeted that it will not continue next year, while ABC Newcastle afternoon presenter Carol Duncan also posted that her program had been decommissioned.

The ABC will also reduce its fleet of outside broadcast vans and scale back local sports coverage in favour of national events.

But sources who attended the briefing told Fairfax Media that around 65 to 70 of the 100 retrenched workers could be re-deployed in “digital-focused” roles. Torney said she expects a “net reduction of about 35 full-time positions”, though it is unclear if all of these proposed new jobs will be filled internally.

Torney said the ABC does not propose to conduct a voluntary redundancy process and that in some cases, staff will be targeted for retrenchment.

Fairfax Media understands the ABC currently spends 95 per cent of its budget on broadcasting and only 5 per cent on internet-based services. It now intends to increase its investment in the latter to 8 per cent, to satisfy booming audience demand for mobile and online content.

While the state-based editions of 7.30 will soon end, a “state coverage producer” will be appointed in each state and territory to oversee local current affairs across television, radio and digital. Some within the ABC have described this as an “opportunity” for greater coverage; others fear that without a dedicated state show, local current affairs will be reduced.

The ABC is yet to confirm the precise format of the soon-to-launch Friday 7.30 program, or whether current national host Leigh Sales will present it.

Last month, Fairfax Media revealed that 7.30’s national producer, Sally Neighbour, is developing the new show. A planning workshop agenda asked participants to consider: “What can we take from other models, e.g. The Project, The Feed, The Roast, Good News Week, [Lateline], etc?”

While some in the ABC claim there has been “misinformation” published about this show, they acknowledge it will be “a bit different” to the current national 7.30.

Torney also told staff that ABC’s Auckland bureau will close, with the broadcaster now planning to cover New Zealand’s affairs from Australia.

A Beirut “post” will open to extend coverage of the Middle East, while “major multi-platform content hubs” will be created in the Washington, London, Beijing and Jakarta offices. But bureaux in Tokyo, Bangkok, New Delhi and Jerusalem will be reduced to “home-based operations led by a video journalist with a local producer”.

The ABC intends to boost its business coverage across all platforms, including online and mobile, through the creation of a “National Business Team”. A 10-minute Business PM program will launch on radio and The Business will be re-launched as two daily 15-minute programs on News24.

While a “Regional Division” will be created – with Torney claiming that “the ABC is increasing its focus on the services we deliver to rural and regional Australia” – staff have privately expressed fears that regional coverage will be dramatically reduced.

Some staff tweeted that Torney ended her address by apologising for the anxiety these cuts are causing.

These sweeping changes follow confirmation last week the Coalition had stripped $254 million from the ABC and $53 million from SBS, despite promising no cuts before the last election.  ABC cuts and changes

Jobs/overallMore than 400 jobs to be lost, 10% of ongoing workforce300 redundancies to take effect immediately   10% in management (including abolition of state and territory director positions)

TVAdelaide TV production studio to be closedSelling outside broadcast vans and scaling back broadcasts of local and state-based sportState editions of 7:30 to endLateline to have a timeslot on ABC News 24, while continuing to broadcast on ABC1 in 2015New foreign bureau to be opened in Beirut while Auckland bureau is to shut down, others to be restructured

RadioNews bulletins to be cut from ten to five minutesShut five regional radio posts (Wagin, Morwell, Gladstone, Port Augusta and Nowra)Cutting back on number of concerts recorded by Classic FMNews Radio will move out of radio into the news divisionRadio National’s Bush Telegraph to finish up at end of 2014

DigitalNew “Digital Network” to centralise and boost online and mobile servicesClosing down more than 100 websites and consolidating contentInvestment in iview, developing personalisation, 24-hour support and stand-alone contentInvestment in News Digital, boosting breaking and rolling coverage online

And the rest …Sale of Lanceley Place property in Artarmon, Sydney – reported to be worth around $20 million”National Business Team” to boost coverage of finance and business across all platformsNewcastle to be downgraded to a regional station, with consequent redundanciesNew Regional Division to take responsibility of rural and regional reportingReview procurement and purchasing arrangements, look at more co-operation with SBSStreamline rostering and other human resources systems

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