Books & Reference Material

On Aunty

By Jonathan Holmes

(MUP “Little Books on Big Ideas”, published March 2019)

Want to know more about the Guthrie-Milne fiasco? Or what really happened in the Alberici and Probyn affairs? And what’s led to the ABC now being under critical threat?  

Whether you know a little or a lot about the recent turbulent times at the ABC, we strongly recommend this small but value-packed new book by alumnus Jonathan Holmes, former executive producer of Four Corners and Media Watch presenter.    

Blissfully concise, ‘On Aunty’ is a very well-researched, authoritative account of last few years at the ABC and of the challenges it now faces in adapting to a changing media landscape.  

As fellow alumnus Kerry O’Brien says on the book’s cover:  

“Jonathan’s great gift is intellectual clarity, and this essay is a fine example. A must read for anyone who cares about the ABC.” 

Kerry O’Brien: A Memoir

(Allen & Unwin, published November 2018)

Kerry O’Brien reflects with wit and insight on his long career in the media, much of it at the ABC.  

As Australia’s soft power in the Pacific fades, China’s voice gets louder

by Helen Vatsikopoulos