ABCwatch

Tim Blair

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New Criterion

 

 

Monday, May 10, 2004
 
HOW MANY GASTROPODS CAN YOU HIDE BEHIND A SWAN?

Dr Norman Swan of Auntie's Science Unit has been given an award, and it's one of those awards that mean something.

The Australian Academy of Science has recognised Swan for "substantial contributions to the cause of science and technology in Australia through his wide broadcasting experience" according to the Academy's President, Dr Jim Peacock.

The greybeard of the Science Unit, Robyn Williams, is a Fellow of the Academy.

The Unit's next generation, Richard Aedy, has won the 2004 Reuter Foundation's Chevening Scholarship to the UK.

All of them demonstrate what professional public broadcasters can achieve. Others of Auntie's informers, including Religion's Kohn and Crittenden, luxury's Alan Saunders (another graduate of the Science Unit, and winner of the Pascall Prize) and music's Andrew Ford, show their audience respect by knowing their stuff and not imposing their politics on their paymasters. Unlike Auntie's surreptitious serial commentators.

Can you imagine Philip Adams being elected to a scholarly academy? You can!? Pass me the hemlock, Plato.