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December 16th, 2008

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07:16 pm - While we were gone ...
While we were in the Great Overseas, there have been a few changes in Oz.
For a start, we apparently have a New South Wales Broadcaster, rather than a national broadcaster, in the ABC.
How on earth did we end up in a state where they dare to show Victorians a "news" program which goes on about Sydney trains, NSW politics, NSW hospitals, and ends up with NSW weather - not even a "rest of the country" overview !
It's ridiculous !

Meanwhile, I'll make the bold claim that Mandarin Chinese is the second most spoken language in Melbourne (after English) these days, based on the number of people I've heard speaking it while out and about. I'm pretty sure this is a shift, as I recall there was more Cantonese around before, as well as Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, and so on. Now, Mandarin seems much more common.
(Of course, maybe I'm just sensitised after the trip to China, and because I still like to think that I know Mandarin (not so much, these days))
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Date:December 16th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
I suspect that you are watching the HD TV feed. We get a SA news version on Channel 2, but Channel 20 shows the NSW HD TV feed.

At least I think it's that way around - I know that one is local and one is NSW. Or, at least, this is how it was a month ago.
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Date:December 16th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, that'd make sense. I didn't remember there being any major change - but then again, I haven't gotten home in time for the news for quite a while.
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Date:December 16th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
Aha, I was indeed watching the HD/digital feed on 20. Hope they fix/change this at some point ! Must be nice to be in NSW ...
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Date:December 17th, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
you need to be watching it on 21 - that is the local feed :P

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Date:December 16th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
Was the ABC thing on the weekend or a weekday? Because weekends are notoriously bad for everything coming out of Sydney and being completely useless for the 15 million of us who don't live there.

Weekdays used to be better, but since the sound went on ABC as well as Channel 9 (guess which one of those two I actually miss!) I've not been able to check.

And we seriously have to get a set top box before all the good ABC stuff starts again. Or before I miss "A Very Specky Christmas!"

As to the languages - no idea with the Mandarin, but Arabic's gone up a lot!

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