“Most TV producers aren’t interested in finding solutions…their main object is to choreograph drama & create conflict….you can’t just fill up a studio with people who loathe each other, that’s really the producers writing the storyline. We want more than that,” says Jeff McMullen.”
‘Difference of Opinion’ a new ABC talk show, hosted by former Four Corners and 60 Minutes reporter Jeff McMullen, will be a vigorous debate between experts with vastly differing views… free of talking heads high on hype but low on substance, AND there will be no token celebrities enlisted for light-hearted relief or to bump up the ratings. The show will be filmed on the night it airs and undergo minimal editing.
Jeff, a journalist for 40 years, has devoted the past six years to charity work with Ian Thorpe’s
Both organisations are devoted to improving education and health in remote Aboriginal communities.
There will be 12 episodes of Difference of Opinion, with topics including water, terrorism, health, education and global warming, all serious issues in their own right, but all linked.
The first panel will feature three diverse academics:
About to turn 60, Jeff says he reached a point when simply reporting an issue wasn’t enough, but it was the plight of Aboriginal communities in remote Australia, in particular childhood obesity, poverty and a lack of education, that pushed him to act.
Why is it that Aboriginal children have a life expectancy of 17 to 20 years less than non-Indigenous children?
“The answer is in their poverty, their lack of opportunity and their lack of education…with Ian Thorpe, we’ve been concentrating on the connection that if we can improve the education of the Aboriginal mothers, if you can raise their education over a single year, you add up to four years to the life expectancy of that woman’s first child.”
Jeff has continued his charity work while preparing for the show to begin and it remains his number one priority. He does all of his charity work gratis. The new show, he believes, will bring a level of expertise from the panel and honesty from the audience.
The first show is on the ABC, Monday 12 February at 9.35 – I’m planning to watch. What about you?