02.05.18

Australian Broadcaster To Break Up Historic Music Library And Ship It To Samoa

Guardian Australia revealed last week that the ABC is breaking up its historic music and reference libraries and making 10 librarians redundant to free up floor space and save on wages. Sources say management plans include packing up all 22,000 books in Sydney and Melbourne – apart from a few “special items” – and sending them to Samoa. The books have been targeted because management wants the library space for the IT division. But insiders have mocked the idea, saying developing countries do not always want discarded books because of the high cost of transporting and storing them as well as question marks over their relevance.

Women Explain What It’s Like To Work As A Director In Not-Actually-Progressive Hollywood

The stats are deeply ugly: "In 2016, only 7 percent of the directors behind 250 of the year’s highest-grossing domestic releases were women. (In television, things are a bit better: Thirty-two percent of first-time episodic directors during the 2016-17 television season were women.) From there, women directors get lower budgets on average, and their projects are played on only one-third as many movie screens as male-directed films, according to a study cited in 2016 in The Hollywood Reporter."

WNYC Reels, Staff And Listeners Seethe Over Handling Of Harassment And Bullying Complaints

Two months after two longtime hosts were fired from the New York public radio giant - which was shortly after news broke of John Hockenberry's egregious misconduct as host of The Takeaway - stories of a dysfunctional workplace culture are spreading, the station's number-two has been demoted but not dismissed, and WNYC's president tries to correct longstanding problems and fend off complaints about her management and high salary.

‘Texas Monthly’ Hemorrhages Staff Under New Owners

"Eleven major fixtures of Texas Monthly's editorial team have quit since a hedge fund bought the publication for $25 million in October 2016 ... According to multiple interviews with former staffers, the environment inside the Austin-based publication is now largely characterized by fear and precariousness, with employees worried about job stability and unsure if they can trust their leadership."