Friday, September 08, 2006
In the Loop - at an ABC Radio Australia studio
In the Loop
On Thursday Peceli and I were privileged to be invited to a discussion live on air at the ABC Southbank, Melbourne. The program ‘In the Loop’ is part of Radio Australia’s outreach to the Pacific. We had a discussion with Heather Jarvis, as well as Jeremy, who was linked up from the USP broadcast studio. Other staff at ‘In the Loop’ are Isobelle Genoux and Clement Paligaru, the latter who comes from Fiji.
The program went live to air into the Pacific so I don’t know how many of you guys in Fiji actually listened in! The topic of discussion was our blog site babasiga and we fielded questions without prior preparation so I hope we said the right things! It’s a bit different speaking into microphones and thinking on your feet to writing a piece for a blog posting, which can easily be deleted!
Twenty minutes before commencement I had one of my loopy moments of claustrophobia. Though the ABC building is modern and spacious in the large entry hall, the passages and broadcast studios are dark, small, and like caves, so I was startled and panicked a bit, and had to sit outside and look at the sky through the wall to wall windows for a few minutes... and actually watch the glass-walled lifts go up and down!
Anyway, the interview was fine, with the door open, and it was an enjoyable experience, Peceli and I taking turns with questions, and I was too far away from him to kick him under the table if he said something inappropriate. One question came from left field from Jeremy – What do you think of the Qoliqoli Bill? Well, we hadn’t really thought of that one. I’m glad they didn’t ask me what I thought of certain political matters in Fiji, or in Australia!
Anyway Heather was great, easy-going, and made us feel comfortable.
The program went for about half an hour and then the ABC news rolled in. It was interesting to be in a place where the ABC come from, as I am an avid fan of several of their programs, even late at night.
We had only been to the building once before to a Radio Australia celebration near the Iwaki Auditorium where some Cook Islanders danced and we represented the Fiji-Melbourne community.
Another program that comes from Radio Australia is Pacific Beat.
Today’s Pacific Beat includes audios of latest Pacific news such as the visit of Fiji’s Prime Minister Qarase to Australia.