ABC Employee, Michael Carrington.

Michael Carrington

The focus and media attention might surround the reality tentpoles at the commercial networks, but the ABC is bubbling away with some big ratings of their own as well as with significant programs like Love on the Spectrum that connect with a broad Australian audience.

Michael Carrington, Head of Entertainment and Specialist at the ABC joins Aaron Ryan for a one on one chat about everything from Bluey and Q+A to Spicks and Specks and that dedicated Vera audience.


Throughout the discussion Michael chats about:

  • His career from the Navy to radio to television
  • Ratings (what significance they have to the ABC)
  • Releasing shows and seasons on iview before linear broadcast
  • ABC’s Diversity and Inclusion Commissioning Guidelines for Screen Content
  • Arts programming
  • Sunday night dramas
  • The Newsreader
  • Spicks and Specks
  • Wednesday night success
  • Win the Week
  • Q+A (ratings decline, moving to Thursdays, host discussion)
  • The backlash over ABC pulling a repeat of Vera for coverage of the death of Prince Philip
  • Olympic games programming
  • What is to come for the rest of the year on ABC
  • ABC TV Plus
  • Bluey
  • Drama on the ABC
  • Achievements at the ABC

Michael was generous with his time and this almost 1 hour podcast delves into the life of the top programmer at our public broadcaster.

Special thanks to Peter Munro from ABC Communications for his assistance with this interview.

Note: My story and podcast first appeared on TV Blackbox 

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