REVIEW: A fascinating, timely account of ABC ‘soft power’

Review of International Broadcasting and Its Contested Role in Australian Statecraft: Middle Power, Smart Power, by Geoff Heriot

  • Jeremy Rees Radio New Zealand
Keywords: ABC, Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Cold War, geopolitics, history, Indo-Pacific, New Zealand, reviews, soft power, transnational broadcasting

Abstract

International Broadcasting and Its Contested Role in Australian Statecraft; Middle Power, Smart Power, by Geoff Heriot. Melbourne, VIC: Anthem Press. 2023. 292 pages. ISBN 9781839985041

In May 2023, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong announced what she called a ‘transformational package of support’ for the Pacific, including money for infrastructure, security and criminal justice. It came amid growing competition with China in the Pacific. included in the package was a promise to ‘leverage’ Australia’s strengths, including broadcasting (and sports links), as part of an Indo-Pacific Broadcasting Strategy, enabling more Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) members to access Australian content. Australian external broadcasting was firmly back in the spotlight.

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Published
31-07-2023
How to Cite
Rees, J. (2023). REVIEW: A fascinating, timely account of ABC ‘soft power’: Review of International Broadcasting and Its Contested Role in Australian Statecraft: Middle Power, Smart Power, by Geoff Heriot. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 29(1 & 2), 280-282. https://doi.org/10.24135/pjr.v29i1and2.1316