We urgently need your help now. It is imperative you act before close of business on Thursday 31 May.
Australians are being denied the opportunity to see the great events of the central weekend of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London on 2-5 June. Jai Martinkovits and David Flint explain the situation in the following video.
So join us to show the ABC that they should perform the role and function for which they are funded by the taxpayers of Australia.
The honour and duty of ensuring that all Australians can see these events as they occur and in full obviously falls on our national broadcaster, the ABC.
At the centre of course is the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the reign of the Queen of Australia, Queen Elizabeth II..
The situation is extraordinary. The ABC now has not one but four taxpayer funded television channels.
And instead of broadcasting these events, the ABC will have either closed down a channel or will be showing a rather tired and motley collection of repeat programs, old films, and music videos.
Australians who subscribe to pay television, or who have access to Internet television, will be able to to see these events. We understand Channel 9 is planning to show the Buckingham Palace Concert, and the Foxtel APAC channel is commendably planning a full transmission.
But a large number of Australians – the overwhelming majority – do not have the means to access these resources.
If the ABC does not broadcast these events, preferably on the widely accessible ABC1, our national broadcaster will have deprived millions of Australians have the opportunity to see what a great national, Commonwealth and world event.
If the ABC does not relent, most Australians will not be able to see:
the Epsom Derby,
the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant,
the BBC concert at Buckingham Palace,
the lighting by the Queen of the Diamond Jubilee National Beacon,
the Service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral,
the Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palace, and,
Her Majesty’s balcony appearance and the Flypast.
Australians rightly look to the ABC to provide access to events which are of national significance. The Crown is central to our constitutional system, and support for change to a politician to public has collapsed -so much so that republican politicians have put off even considering any change during the present reign, when it is most unlikely they will be in Parliament most will no longer have the empowerment not be in Parliament.
Please urgently sign the petition.
And if they authorise you to do so, include the names of your family and friends.
Do urgently forward this on to anyone you think will be interested..
And while you are signing this, you can also put your name to a Loyal Address to Her Majesty the Queen herself.
You can be part of history, with your name on a document which will be transmitted and sent in permanent form to Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Please sign both documents now. We do not have much time. We shall have to rule off the ABC petition at close of businesss on Thursday 31 May.
ABC1 criticised for lack of live coverage for Queen’s Jubilee
The ABC is under fire over a lack of live coverage of the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations next week.
Australians for Constitutional Monarchy will launch a campaign on its website and Facebook page asking viewers to join a petition ”to show the ABC that they should perform the role and function for which they are funded by the taxpayers of Australia”.
“The ABC now has not one but four taxpayer funded television channels,” the group says on its website.
“And instead of broadcasting these events, the ABC will have either closed down a channel or will be showing a rather tired and motley collection of repeat programs, old films, and music videos.”
But whilst it may be a fair criticism of ABC1, it’s not entirely accurate of its four channels.
An ABC spokesperson told TV Tonight, “ABC News 24 will provide extensive live coverage of the Queens Jubilee events, including crosses to London correspondent Phil Williams reporting on the ground. The coverage of the events starts on ABC News 24 at 11.30pm on Sunday, 3 June.”
While ABC News 24 coverage is still being finalised, ABC1 coverage is as follows:
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant
Monday, 4 June 2012, 6:00pm
In celebration of Her Majesty’s 60-year reign, ABC TV will show highlights of the River Pageant, presented by Stephanie Brantz.
Rowing boats, working boats and pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes will be beautifully dressed with streamers and Union Jack flags, their crews and passengers turned out in their finest rigs. The armed forces, fire, police, rescue and other services will be afloat and there will be an exuberance of historic boats, wooden launches, steam vessels and other boats of note.
The flotilla will be bolstered with passenger boats carrying up to 30,000 flag-waving members of the public placed centre stage (or rather mid-river) in this floating celebration of Her Majesty’s 60-year reign. The spectacle will be further enhanced with music barges and boats spouting geysers. Moreover, there will be specially constructed elements such as a floating belfry, its chiming bells answered by those from riverbank churches.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Day
Wednesday June 06, 6:00pm
An hour-long highlights package introduced by Stephanie Brantz, of the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, followed by a formal procession.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, together with other members of the Royal Family, will attend a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, which will be followed by a formal carriage procession. Following the procession the Royal couple will attend a reception at Mansion House followed by a Diamond Jubilee lunch at Westminster Hall organised by the Livery (neither of these events will be televised).
Following the lunch, The Queen and other senior members of the Royal Family will travel in a formal carriage procession from Westminster to Buckingham Palace. After a 60-gun salute at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Family will appear on the balcony and watch an RAF flypast and a Feu de Joie – a cascade of rifle fire by The Queen’s Guard.
Guess what the ABC is running instead of the Queen's diamond jubilee?
May 27, 2012
ABC's CSG data website has serious factual errors, see the facts here:
Sovereign for 60 years … Queen Elizabeth. Photo: Getty Images
Monarchists will launch a petition today against ABC1's lack of live coverage of the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations.
The main celebrations – marking the Queen's 60 years on the throne – will be held in London next weekend. The event will include a Thames pageant featuring a flotilla of 1000 boats led by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in the Royal Barge. There will be an Australian connection with Surf Lifesavers represented at the pageant.
While the British will be celebrating, however, the national broadcaster will be screening the 1975 movie Shampoo, starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn, described as ''social satire about a sexy male hairdresser who does more than just cut hair''.
Warren Beattie and Julie Christie in Shampoo. Photo: AP
In protest, the Australians for Constitutional Monarchy will today launch a campaign on its website and Facebook page asking viewers to join a petition ''to show the ABC that they should perform the role and function for which they are funded by the taxpayers of Australia''.
''Instead of broadcasting the events, the ABC will have either closed down the channel or will be showing a rather tired and motley collection of repeat programs, old films, and music videos,'' the group says on its website.
In a letter to the ABC's managing director, Mark Scott, the monarchy group's national convener, David Flint, writes: ''There are a number of events of special moment which many Australians would wish to see, especially the Thames Pageant.''
The chairman of the Monarchist League of Australia, Bryan Stertern-Gill, said the ABC's decision was ''offensive''.
''When you consider that Australia is only 111 years old and [the Queen] has been sovereign for 60 years, then the fact that the national carrier has no live coverage is appalling,'' he said. ''Regardless of your views of the monarchy, she has done a sensational job and I find it offensive that they are not giving it live coverage.''
The ABC said ABC News 24 on its digital channel would provide extensive live coverage, including crosses to the London correspondent, Phil Williams. A spokeswoman said there would also be live coverage on ABC1 news, but the extent of coverage had not been finalised.
But Mr Flint said the coverage ''should be the same as they did for the royal wedding. It should be the full program and on ABC1 because not everyone gets ABC News 24.''
The London celebrations are expected to include the royal family on the Buckingham Palace