The Shark is Feeding

“I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss
– The Who ‘We Won’t Get fooled again

Paradigm Shift taken off-air by 4 Triple Zed management

The show broadcast today (26 March 2021) on 4 Triple Zed is not the Paradigm Shift.  Without one word of explanation to listeners, Paradigm Shift, one of the longest running independent current affairs program on Zed has been silenced by management. 

Why?

This has a direct effect on the capacity of people to resist oppression and  to build a sustainable future – Paradigm Shift has canvassed these struggles on 4 Triple Zed since 2009. All we sought was dialogue with people about their struggles – frontline action on coal, black lives matter, women’s resistance against poverty and violence, support for workers going out on strike, organising the unemployed and No War. 

Neither 4 Triple Zed management  nor its board own our content. 

We do, the volunteers who slaved for years to bring an independent voice to Brisbane’s airwaves.

This is a political act by management limiting the right to organise and is at odds with Zed culture.

Also I note that Paradigm Shift’s Announcers Amrap Pages from 26 Feb 2021 till 26 March 2021 have been removed. 4 Triple Zed’s “On Demand” pages for Paradigm Shift on the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th March have also been taken down. Management has refused to given any reason for this despite being asked to provide a reason in writing.

These amrap and “On Demand” pages include the following Paradigm Shift reports: 

1. International Working Women’s Day including a long form interview with Sian from Feminist Action and Qld Anti-Poverty Network. – 5 March 2021.

2. Lining up ducks on Straddie – which includes an interview with Mark Jones, traditional owner at the truth embassy on Straddie. – 19 March 2021

All the speeches and interviews in these reports met the CBAA broadcasting guidelines which permit the broadcast of ‘factual material‘ and/or ‘honestly held opinion’.

From the outset I warned listeners that the show could contain material that some may find confronting. At the end of the broadcast with the help of members of staff I gave the following support information for Transgender people:

  • Q Life 
  • qlife.org.au 
  • 1800 184 527
  • Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTI peer support
  • Web Chat available 

and

It is important to note 4ZZZ’s ongoing support & solidarity with the Trans community.

No progressive group should be discriminated against.

I made no comment about the speeches but did make the following comment on Christian Porter’s behaviour.

Part of International Women’s Day Broadcast on 12 March 2021 on Paradigm Shift (4 Triple Zed fm 102.1) Fridays at Noon

Educate, Agitate, Organise!

Ian Curr
26 March 2021


Links
1. International Working Women’s Day including a long form interview with Sian from Feminist Action and Qld Anti-Poverty Network. – 5 March 2021.

2. Lining up ducks on Straddiewhich includes an interview with Mark Jones, traditional owner at the truth embassy on Straddie. – 19 March 2021

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