They should have axed The Spirit of Things

16 10 2008

Stephen Crittenden is justifiably incensed at the axing of his Wednesday morning Religion Report, but in all fairness, religion had a fairly big slice of the cake on the Radio National schedule with four weekly programs (The Religion Report, The Ark, Encounter and The Spirit of Things). His suggestion that the axing of his program and the religious history program The Ark will spell “the death of religion at the ABC” is a touch overblown in my view; but it is disappointing that ABC management chose to discard the two religion-themed shows that at least endeavoured to be informative, relevant and educational. Encounter‘s usually not that bad either, but Ark presenter Rachael Kohn’s The Spririt of Things is a syrupy paean to belief in belief and religious pandering that has been dumbing down the Radio National brand for a long time.

Of course, the shows mentioned here aren’t the only ones to go, and former RN presenter Andrew Dodd gives his take on the programming reshuffle at Crikey.com (“The dumbing down of Radio National“).

The good news is that The Philosopher’s Zone—perhaps the best philosophy radio show/podcast available anywhere—has been retained. They would have had to pry it from my cold, dead hands.

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7 responses

16 10 2008
The Lazy Aussie

I noticed they axed all the ones I never listen to, (apart from Radio Eye). I download virtually all the rest, so i’m not that worried. Yes, Spirit was syrupy. just the right word. The Ark is usually too short for much syrup from her, but I’d prefer the philosophy guy to host it. Would be much better.

16 10 2008
AV

I listen to the Religion Report and The Ark (via the pod), and I occasionally catch the Media Report as well. Kohn’s tolerable when she’s not being a shill for faith, as is her wont on The Spirit of Things.

I agree that Alan Saunders would be a far better presenter.

16 10 2008
joe2

This is such an ugly look. Just as RN has been running promos, constantly, for listeners to fill out a questionaire to help shape the stations future, they act pre- emptively to axe all these shows.

I am with you in your feelings about Rachael Kohn . She is unbearable. It is madness, though, to get rid of the media report and even the religion report. I hope The Daily Planet is safe from the seat warmers cold hands.

17 10 2008
Bruce

Still annoyed at Crittenden over his assertion (contra evidence) that Dawkins is a social Darwinist.

18 10 2008
AV

His softball interview with Alister McGrath was a definite lowlight.

20 10 2008
Chris S

I too can’t believe that the religion report goes and the spirit of things stays. Stephen Crittenden is almost always brilliant.

21 10 2008
The (missing) dialogue « The Thinkers’ Podium

[…] Posted on October 21, 2008 by Bruce Recently, over at Five Public Opinions, AV and myself reflected upon an interview by Stephen Crittenden of ABC Radion National’s (now canned) Religion Report, […]

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