James Valentine, the host of the afternoon show on Sydney radio, said the idea of the show had arisen out of a tweet by a father who said he had wondered whether chess rules had racist origins after he was asked by his daughter why white always moved first. Broadcasting to a Sydney audience, in the afternoon. I direct you to some 60 episodes of Head Room, the podcast distilled from my weekday program. His producer contacted John Adams, 38, a former Australian Chess Federation representative, who … Fair to say Kasparov didn’t. (At this stage they did not mention it was the above tweet stream that had sparked it, but it turned out that it was.) Now this does all get a bit he said/I said and there’s no reason to particularly believe my chronology but I will put at least two things up in my defence. For over twenty years I’ve been broadcasting between the hours of 12.30 and 3.30 on ABC Radio Sydney. When the segment finally went to air on Wednesday, host James Valentine quickly made clear approaching Adams was to have a discussion, not brand chess as “racist.”. If they can't, or wont produce unbiased reporting, then why should we, the people of Australia, fund the organisation and support extremists? While I’m doing that ABC News is still doing the news, Four Corners is four cornering, Bluey is being Bluey and Costa is doing whatever he does with compost. The ABC have taken the view that chess is RACIST given that white always go first! When the floods followed only weeks after the smoke had cleared, I broadcast news about the floods. I only heard about it on Ray Hadley’s 2GB morning show the next day. I’m just wondering if they do. But Adams condemned the ABC for not focusing on “bigger issues” amid a global health pandemic, accusing the radio broadcaster of reporting “bulls***”. From ambers post, quoting James Valentine: At the conclusion of the on-air discussion , I made the following quip. That story generated 383 reader comments, almost all of them hostile towards the ABC. When the segment finally went to air on Wednesday, host James Valentine quickly made clear approaching Adams was to have a discussion, not brand chess as “racist.”. I am not looking for someone to say that chess is racist. Sign up, Join the conversation, you are commenting as Logout. And as for the constant notion that we are still in thrall to Marx and work tirelessly to overthrow our capitalist oppressors? It was genuinely fake news. I’m on the Sydney one. They are seeking comment from a chess official as to whether — John Adams (@adamseconomics) June 23, 2020 Some ridiculed any notion of race, some went to the history books, some considered the question in the light of these times and the cultural and linguistic truth that white is always a positive and black always a negative. On sale now! At the conclusion of the on-air discussion , I made the following quip. (Photo by Yuri Smityuk\TASS via Getty Images) And Local Radio is sixty different radio stations across Australia, from Hobart to Darwin, from Broome to Cairns. All Rights Reserved. That’s six different radio and digital broadcasts right there. Undeterred by the backlash from famous chess players and the common sense public about discussing such nonsense, ABC radio host James Valentine doubled down and went on to target the popular confectionary Minties. JAMES VALENTINE: … there’s been a lot of talk about the fact that the ABC, and specifically this program, Afternoons with me, James Valentine, were going to do a program where we declared that chess is racist. My producer did exactly what producers should do. Peter Saxon. That story generated 383 reader comments, almost all of them hostile towards the ABC. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. It came after ABC host James Valentine saw a post on Twitter noting white moved first in the popular board game and thought it was worthy of further discussion. In March 2019, world champion Magnus Carlsen and Dutch rival Anish Giri played a chess game in which the black pieces made the first move, contrary to the longstanding rules. I only heard about it on Ray Hadley’s 2GB morning show the next day. “Well, I think we can conclude that chess is not racist, it’s tradition and no more than that. There were also calls for the ABC to not be so frivolous when there were more important topics to talk about such as COVID-19 and our deteriorating trade relationship with China. pic.twitter.com/AOtJrqp9x1, Get your sport fix on Kayo ahead of live games returning soon – classic match replays, documentaries and the latest news & announcements. There are many who seek it and if they need it, they really need it. We are Triple J, Double J, ABC Classic and ABC Country. When the nation was on fire, I broadcast news about the fire. Everything I've seen so far from the ABC is divisive at best, only showing either one side to a story, or worse, not the entire story which gives it context. the rules of chess need to be altered!Trust the taxpayer funded national broadcaster to apply ideological Marxist frameworks to anything & everything in Australia!With all the drama resulting from COVID-19, I am amazed that the ABC is broadcasting on irrelevant topics! John Adams, 38, received a phone call from an ABC radio producer on Tuesday afternoon about a segment for James Valentine's afternoon program on ABC Sydney on Wednesday. Except it wasn’t. It’s not. These conversations have a serious purpose. Controversy arose when the ABC proposed a radio discussion on the matter and on Tuesday sought an interview with John Adams, an economist who represented the Australian Chess Federation in 2015. These inner city wokes working in the ABC with their Marxist leaning arts degrees are making a mockery of the service at every bodies (sic) expense and probably rolling on their studio floors in fits of laughter that they are getting away with it. Apparently, Kasparov did not agree as to the worthiness of the conversation. All those white keys on the piano what message does that send? People want the national broadcaster to focus on bigger issues. In a facebook post, reprinted below, James Valentine explains what actually did happen as well as provide us with an eloquent reminder of what radio is all about and why amusing your audience is a serious pursuit. Teaching my child to play chess this week and it was proposed to me that I should change the rule that says “white always gets to go first”. I’m not saying chess people should be talking about this. All times AEDT (GMT +11). Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2021. But don’t worry we won’t rest there. We will also consider if liking Migaloo the White Whale is racist. A former Australian chess representative has blasted the ABC for wasting taxpayer’s money on “bulls**t” as a Sydney radio show prepares to discuss if the game is racist. They don’t want their money wasted on bulls***.”. “They said with everything going on, they wanted to have a conversation about white going first — and the racial context of whether white should go first,” Adams told The Daily Telegraph. We are RN and Local Radio. I made a very similar comment on the 22nd June at 1809 at this site, https://radioinfo.com.au/news/trusted-news-brands-revealed-reuters-institute-study. So, we did do the segment the next day as we intended. James Valentine, host of the public broadcaster’s 3pm Sydney radio show, planned to discuss why the white side has the first move in every game. A leather combination backgammon/chess set, 5 x 32 x 26 cm. I read a tweet from a father teaching his child chess. 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