ABC radio and television broadcasts focus on genres that are far removed from commercial output. We have no interest in reality TV formats, chequebook interviews and the music genres of commercial FM – programming that draws the biggest and therefore most lucrative audiences for commercial media. Nor are we in competition for rights to any of the marquee sports events. Instead, we complement the market as the trusted, independent source of Australian conversations, culture and stories.
The Liberals and their allies have always favoured the private over the public, whether in hospitals, health, schools — and broadcasting.
“They don’t hate us for what we do, but for who we are.”
We’ve let them do so much that is wrong since 2013. They’ve managed to make Australians condone torture and abuse being carried out in our name in offshore gulags.
History will not treat us kindly.
They have already reduced the ABC to a shell of its former self.
The lack of funding and resources is evident, yet still our ABC struggles on, for us.
Please, good people.
We can’t let these goombahs get away with this murder.
Save our ABC.
You know the ABC is doing it’s job News Wise when governments complain. In this case the LNP are wailing (ODT)
The Coalition has once again complained to the ABC managing director about ABC news, accusing political journalists Laura Tingle, Barrie Cassidy and Andrew Probyn of repeating “false” claims by the Labor party.
The federal communications minister, Mitch Fifield, wrote to Michelle Guthrie to make a formal complaint about the ABC’s reporting of the setting of the date for the so-called super Saturday byelection.
Destrying the PUBLIC TRUST
1985 ABC Budget was $475 Mill = 2018 $ 1 Billion today The ABC is the most efficient media in Australia that 1) Deleivers News, 2) Australian Production and Content 3) Democracy 4) Trust (ODT)
Beware of IPA Corporatism dimming the lights on Australia for Murdoch. (ODT)
A new book authored by the influential Institute of Public Affairs calls on the Turnbull government to privatise the ABC by giving it away for free to the ABC’s employees or Australian citizens.
Against Public Broadcasting, released on Friday night, labels the ABC “an anachronism” whose rationale is now redundant and which has become a $1 billion-a-year drain on the public purse.
The Anti- Democratic Triumvariate is the LNP Government, the IPA and private trash media like News Corp. Murdoch wants digital news as click bait to read and inspire like the Herald Sun (ODT)
Media editor Dr Lee Duffield says a new complaint by the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, comes against a background of ABC-baiting that strikes up mutual interest between radical-right politics and conservative media.
The worrying issue was this attitude:
- the Government would like news to be uncritical and friendly publicity;
- it will hit out at media that does not oblige; and
- it may mate-up with other media that join in the criticism, setting out to be its mouthpiece — for something in return.
Wedding coverage and executive bonuses spark new round of Aunty bashing. Plus Daily Telegraph gets it monumentally wrong
News Corp columnists, including the Australian’s Gerard Henderson, the Herald Sun’s Andrew Bolt and the Courier Mail’s Des Houghton, have all lined up to denounce the ABC in the past few days.
Here is a taste from the Australian’s Chris Kenny: “Since last week’s budget the ABC has taken a bit of a break from demonising Australians as deplorable xenophobes, Islamophobes, homophobes, misogynists and racists to focus on its own funding problems.”
In the lead up to the next federal election, every Australian who values our ABC must take the fight to their local MP and actively campaign for a restoration of support to one of our most critically important democratic institutions. There is too much at stake, and no time to lose.
Efficiency = 1985 ABC budget was $475 mill equates to $1 billion in 2018 inflation only. Our ABC is running on the same budget it was running on 33 years ago
‘Disappointed’ ABC boss warns of political backlash over budget cut
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‘Disappointed’ ABC boss warns of political backlash over budget cut
When gifted a large cache of secret documents, the normal journalistic process would involve the stories being written, with names and operational details removed. The reports would then either be published outright, or the government approached for comment, running the risk that they may seek an injunction to prevent publication. Whatever the process, not even completing the journalistic work in the first place is a strange way for the ABC to discharge its journalistic responsibility.
Even stranger still is the way the ABC allowed Asio to bring safes into the ABC buildings, supposedly so the documents could be kept secure and then taken away.
Handing over documents to any Australian intelligence agency signals the emergence of an unhealthy relationship between the ABC and the very institutions of government they should be holding to account. Yet it wasn’t always so.
It’s a familiar sight in the current news landscape – panels of suited men rambling loudly on some polemical hot topic, all throbbing veins and manufactured conflict.
For ABC News boss Tim Ayliffe, it’s the right time to go back to basics.
From early 2018, staff will be re-organised into teams focused on particular topics instead of working strictly for radio or television. The restructure does not include any job losses or particular programs getting the boot.
“There is no pressing need to change the ABC Act and its Charter, no matter how much commercial chief executives and their compliant media outlets argue otherwise,” she said in a draft of her speech to the ABC Friends Public Conference dinner in Sydney on Friday.
The Government’s media package threatens to break the ABC — and it may never be able to be put together again, says former Age editor
Angelos Frangopoulos wants commercial media to be able to pitch for public broadcaster’s $1.4bn pie. Plus, the NT News spreads the love with a strong marriage equality message
The ABC’s political editor explains his searing critique of US president Donald Trump’s performance at the G20.
Scathing, searing and brutal were just a few of the adjectives flying around social media on Sunday following an eloquent takedown of Donald Trump by ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann.
Reporter Chris Uhlmann’s commentary tearing into American president – a man with ‘no desire and no capacity to lead the world’ – reverberates to Washington
He may not yet realise it, but US President Donald Trump has now hurled himself headlong into a war with Washington’s national security establishment, writes Greg Jennett.
Expect more changes, possibly to flagship programs like 7.30, Lateline and the 7pm news, ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie warns.
Managing director’s recently promoted chief of staff, Sam Liston, tipped to be among the big winners
All public broadcasters are engaged in a constant process of chopping, slicing and reinventing, and every boss spreads his or her own brand of unhappiness
Conservative attitudes to the ABC are best summed up in a single exchange with John Howard on ABC radio to promote his show on ABC TV
The ABC has hit back at criticism of a Four Corners investigation into the life asylum seeker children on Nauru.
ABC 7.30’s Leigh Sales and film crew travel to the NT to witness Chief Minister Adam Giles hurtle down the slippery slope to oblivion at this Saturday’s election. Richard Koser was there.
By Loz Lawrey ABC radio grew my mind. I mean it. Each working day, throughout my career in the building industry, I listened exclusively to one of our public broadcaster’s fine radio stations as I toiled at my trade. While my body performed familiar routine activities on this physical plane, my mind travelled the world,…
The Four Corners revelations are disturbing but not shocking. They are the product of a system that has continually excused the perpetrators of violence, writes Amy McQuire. Aboriginal affairs moves at a glacial pace – and the vast majority of problems are always under the surface. The mainstream media only sees what is easily visibleMore
After Steve Price dismissed a woman as being “hysterical”, literally while she was explaining how dismissive attitudes to women feed into a culture of gender-violence, Van Badham delivered the coup de grace.
The 2016 election has revealed just how compliant Australia’s media landscape has become. In some cases, it’s hardly a surprise. But the failure of the ABC to challenge narratives run by the Coalition is of serious concern, writes Sean Hosking. As the outcome of the federal election has illustrated, we are currently experiencing a crisisMore
Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer claims ABC core funding is higher than under Labor. Photo:
Tell us, ministers, how the ABC is now better off under your government?
Outgoing managing director rejects criticism the ABC has become too big or that it poses a financial threat to commercial media organisations
Australia’s policy of detaining asylum seekers for years in privately run camps in ‘essentially former Australian colonies’ has been branded unacceptable by prominent US-based conservative commentator Mark Steyn
The first article in this ongoing New Matilda investigation was published on January 21, 2016. Our reporting so far has revealed that• In 2013, in the lead-up to the federal election, former ABC Games and Technology Editor, Nick Ross was told by the Head of the ABC’s Current Affairs Division, Bruce Belsham to find a story – any story – that attacked Labor’s roll-out of the National Broadband Network;• This was in order to provide “insurance” against attacks from the Coalition, and to prevent “the Turnbull camp” coming down on Belsham “like a tonne of bricks” for publishing stories critical of Tony Abbott’s alternative NBN Plan.This New Matilda special investigation is currently ongoing.
ABC’s Q&A returned on Monday night with a panel that also included Catherine Keenan, Gordian Fulde and Manal Younus
The silence around the Nick Ross-Bruce Belsham revelations is deafening. Chris Graham weighs in. As I write this, it’s now 72 hours since New Matilda revealed that in the lead-up to the 2013 federal election, the Head of Current Affairs at the ABC, Bruce Belsham directed Tech editor Nick Ross to find a story –More
A relentless stream of attacks on the ABC by crusaders of the hard right has recalibrated the notion of balance and redefined the organisation
Q&A host Tony Jones says the Zaky Mallah furore and boycott of the program was based on a ‘big lie’.
Journalists at Australian on shortlist for ABC news director. Plus Sarah Ferguson’s candid advice for anyone thinking of going into marketing
ABC $7.30 presenter Leigh Halfprice interviews Australian Prime Minister Tony Idiott on the subject of the Australian economy.
As I flicked through the Murdoch Muckraker this morning, I spied a headline where I had difficulty deciding whether the sub-editor had a sense of irony, or no understanding of ambiguity:
TIME TO ACT ON ABC LYNCH MOB
Was this a change of heart from Andrew Bolt telling us that we should put a stop to this attack on the ABC’s independence? No, apparently it’s Q & A, that’s the lynch mob, not the media or the government. As the Prime Minister so eloquently put it:
“Now frankly, heads should roll over this, heads should roll over this.”
Which given that we’re talking about IS, I found a rather unfortunate choice of phrase. Beheadings are uncivilised, but heads rolling is apparently ok.
Mr Abbott wants an inquiry. And not an ABC inquiry because he’s afraid that they won’t find themselves guilty. He wants an inquiry that decides that heads need to roll. Which makes one wonder if there’s any actual need for an inquiry at all. Why not just ask Andrew Bolt:
‘No wonder that Abbott on Tuesday told his MPs: “We all know that Q&A is a Leftie lynch mob and we will be looking at this.”
But where’s the action?
Will the Government sack the board for the ABC’s failure to observe what it admits is its “statutory duty to ensure that the gathering and presentation of news and information is impartial”?
And will it cut the vast ABC, with its five radio stations and four television stations, to a size less dangerous to democracy?’
See the ABC, by allowing someone into the audience has shown that it’s not impartial. What was it that Tony said :
“I think many, many millions of Australians would feel betrayed by our national broadcaster right now, and I think that the ABC does have to have a long, hard look at itself, and to answer a question which I have posed before – whose side are you on? Whose side are you on here?”
So we have a national broadcaster that is meant to be impartial, and not take sides. Except, of course, they should be on the government’s side. In a totally impartial way.
Now, many of you may not have watched Q & A, so they wouldn’t heard the response to Mr Mallah’s question, “What would have happened if my case had been decided by the minister himself and not the courts?”
“From memory, I thought you were acquitted on a technicality rather than it being on the basis of a substantial finding of fact,” Mr Ciobo replied.
“My understanding of your case was that you were acquitted because at that point in time the laws weren’t retrospective.
“But I’m happy to look you straight in the eye and say that I’d be pleased to be part of the Government that would say that you were out of the country.
Let’s sum up:
So, after being told that Stevy Ciobo would happily throw him out of the country, did Mr Mallah becoming violent? Threaten him? Urge us all to boycott “Masterchef”, or something else unpatriotic?
“The Liberals have just justified to many Australian Muslims in the community tonight to leave and go to Syria and join ISIL because of ministers like him.”
Well, if heads must roll, then heads must roll.
Young Muslim less literate than Steve Ciobo MP was provoked into an angered response by the minister who discredited the Supreme Court of Australia’s decision on finding Zacky Mallah innocent of terrorism after he’d been held in maximum security detention for two years. Language, lack of Education and being Muslim Zacky’s only crime for asking the minister a question on Q&A. Tony Abbott attacked the ABC for allowing such despicable Australian on the show. Today in Australia it would appear a crime for not accepting the insults of this government.
It should be noted that when an indigenous Australian from a remote community asked the the minister a question about Native Title he could only plead ignorance on the subject.
Referencing his own case, Mr Mallah asked: “What would have happened if my case had been decided by the minister himself and not the courts?”
Mr Ciobo said he would be happy to see Mr Mallah kicked out of the country.
“I got to tell you … my understanding of your case was that you were acquitted because at that point in time the laws weren’t retrospective but I am happy to look you straight in the eye and say I’d be pleased to be part of a government that would see you out of the country as far as I am concerned.”
“The Liberals have just justified to many Australian Muslims in the community tonight to leave and go to Syria and join ISIL because of ministers like (Mr Ciobo).” was Zacky’s reply.
The exchange appears to be out of character for the Sydney man who declared a “jihad of peace” in 2012 after visiting Syria and spending time on the frontline.
During his visit, Mr Mallah met with fighters from the Free Syrian Army and filmed footage for his YouTube channel. He was photographed holding an assault rifle but says he did not fight and had no intention of fighting.
Back home he has spoken out against clashes between the Islamic community and police and actively discouraged radicalised Australian Muslims from joining the Islamic State.
Zacky has some experience in understanding how ignorant men like Steve Ciobo MP have the ability by political stupidity alone to radicalize Muslims, the poor, the disadvantaged and even the educated and well off when openly strutting their vigilante attitudes.
Whose anger was justified in this case?