Dear Mark Scott and James Spigelman,
We appreciate that Radio Drama is not exactly the biggest weapon in Radio Nationals arsenal of programs, but it is yet another example of the quality of artistic endeavour in this country. Like all art some things hit the mark and others don't. More often than not the more one gets to practice ones craft/art, the better it gets.
If the reason for cutting drama and book readings out of RN's schedule is because not enough people listen to them, it's probably more to do with the fact that the ABC spends no money on advertising them beyond the confines of RN. It would be great if this were not so and that Radio Drama and Book Readings were restored to their already humble positions.
Why is this important?
Radio Drama and (many) Book Readings are OUR stories: other manifestations of our culture and ideas and imaginings. Producing these on a regular basis not only gives employment to radio producers and technicians (with all their imaginative and skilful input), but to many writers and actors who are also given the opportunity to develop their own craft.
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