The ABC’s diligence brought about the capitulation on the Banking Royal Commission that the Government didn’t want (ODT)
The virulence of anti-ABC feeling in some parts of the Coalition sometimes defies logic. Since joining the ABC in May, I’ve been criticised by ministers over pieces that have actually appeared in the Financial Review, not on an ABC platform, because they displayed my “ABC ethic”.
And all this has played out against the backdrop of an unrelenting assault on the ABC by News Corp papers which assign compliant journalists — or those not in a position to say no — to pursue controversies about the broadcaster which are often so ludicrous as to be laughable.
(The relentless pursuit of the question of who was hiding behind the aspidistra in a re-enactment of a political story is just one recent example).
“it was the diligence of ABC reporting that exposed the various corporate outrages that finally forced the government to bring the royal commission into existence. And there could be no better reminder of the value of the public broadcaster than that.”