FW: C20605-17 Background noises

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Subject: FW: C20605-17 Background noises
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Fri, 5 May 2017 23:43:03 +0000

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Sent: Friday, 5 May 2017 10:46 AM
Subject: FW: C20605-17 - Geoffrey Dabb: Background noises


Dear Mr Dabb


Thank you for your email about the ANZAC Dawn Service from Canberra.


I am delighted that you enjoyed the ABC’s coverage. The bird calls that were captured were not inserted, and the ABC team did not purposefully try capture the bird calls. Additional microphones were used to capture the singing of the hymns that was part of the ceremony, and as it was dawn and a solemn quiet occasion, the ambient background sounds, such as bird calls, were picked up more prominently than would be the case for ceremonies held during the day.


The Dawn Services, as well as the ANZAC Day March for each State/Territory are available to view on iView until 25 May, a link to the Dawn Services from Gallipoli follows:


You may also care to visit the ABC ANZAC website the link follows:


Please be assured that your comments have been passed along to the ABC ANZAC Day coverage team to consider when planning next year’s event.

Thank you again for writing and for your interest in the ABC.

Yours sincerely

Anna Uszko

Audience and Consumer Affairs

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To: Audience & Consumer Affairs

From: Geoffrey Dabb

Subject: Background noises

Date: 25-Apr-2017 10:43


Below is the result of your feedback form. It was submitted by Geoffrey Dabb


ABC program: Anzac Day Dawn Service


Response required: Yes


Date of program: 25-Apr-2017


Contact type: Request/Suggestion


Location: ACT


Subject: Background noises


Comments: First, excellent coverage and follow-up, better every year, thank you.  Several loud different bird calls were clearly audible in background of the Dawn Service, Canberra - in particular the prolonged, almost unnatural, magpie during the minute of silence.  There was also a fairy-wren that sounded territorial and possibly unseasonal and (if real) must have been very close to the mikes.  I would very much like to know if those bird calls were natural or inserted. Were microphones placed specifically to capture bird sound?


Network - Radio National

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