We are so lucky to have the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

I shared with Kanani Fong via Facebook The Golden Hour with Mark Corcoran from Foreign Correspondent. I knew she would be interested because she is a “military wife” as well as a writer. Her husband is with a US military medical team in Afghanistan, the very subject of that episode of Foreign Correspondent. I do wonder if anything quite as good has appeared in the US in free-to-air TV? We had the additional blessing that it is commercial-free; the ABC is not beholden (yet!) to the pressures, subtle and not so subtle, that sponsorship brings.

On her blog The Kitchen Dispatch Kanani has just posted on the program.

Neil Whitfield, of Neil’s Second Decade recently sent me the following link to a story filed this past week by Mark Corcoran of Foreign Correspondent, an offshoot of ABC News Australia.

"The Golden Hour" chronicles the efforts to save lives on the combat zone –from Medevac to the E.R. and also some heartbreaking follow up care to a young Afghan boy whose condition is terminal.

The medical teams help everyone, regardless of nationality. Their first priority is –and always will be in their professional lives, to preserve human life, and let those who are ready to or have already passed on, to do so with dignity. It’s all part of their calling. It’s why they went into medicine.

Only too happy to be of service, Kanani.

Would it be too jingoistic of me to commend some of our programs for regular visits? Aside from Foreign Correspondent I recommend Four Corners and Australian Story. But there are so many others!


Visit ABC and look around, and don’t neglect radio either!


One thought on “We are so lucky to have the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

  1. Do you ever catch the PBS Newshour? There was a good report today from a reporter ’embedded’ with a British group (regiment, I think) in Helmand at the moment. It was shorter than the report on FC, of course, but I feel the Newshour is often up there with some of the best TV journalism. Nevertheless, they also had two ‘experts’ on today’s programme both in ‘crew cuts’ and neither could resist talking about ‘bad guys’ as, effectively, anybody defined by the international forces as such. That may just be the way warriors have to think to get themselves through the night, I guess.

    There was fighting followed by a Shura meeting in this report the emphasis being on the COIN (counter insurgency) strategy of standing up useful local government and bringing security. It could be seen as good propaganda but I felt it was also fairly balanced. When one of the Brits said to an assembly something like “what have the Taliban ever built for you”, I couldn’t help but be depressed that the forces may be missing the point of what the Afghan people may be wanting. I wondered what the local clergyman was thinking about building as he listened.

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