Category: ABC

A move to curtail the ABC would only ‘punish Australian audiences’: Michelle Guthrie

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.

via A move to curtail the ABC would only ‘punish Australian audiences’: Michelle Guthrie

Killing The ABC: The IPA’s Agenda To Dismantle Australia – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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.

via Killing The ABC: The IPA’s Agenda To Dismantle Australia – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Coalition complains to ABC about Laura Tingle, Barrie Cassidy and Andrew Probyn | Media | The Guardian

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.

via Coalition complains to ABC about Laura Tingle, Barrie Cassidy and Andrew Probyn | Media | The Guardian

New IPA book calls on government to privatise the ABC by ‘giving it away’

 

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.

via New IPA book calls on government to privatise the ABC by ‘giving it away’

Government attacks on the ABC reveal conflict over Australia’s future

 

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.

via Government attacks on the ABC reveal conflict over Australia’s future

Royal outrage as conservative chorus rounds on ABC | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

 

Royal wedding merchandise on sale in Windsor. The ABC has come under fire from News Corp and Coalition MPs for sending a TV crew to London to cover the nuptials.

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.”

via Royal outrage as conservative chorus rounds on ABC | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

Only the support of the people can save the ABC now | Emma Dawson | Media | The Guardian

‘The biggest danger to the ABC is the government’s agenda to reduce its digital services, and it’s here where the ABC – and, in this case, SBS as well – face a truly existential threat’

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.

via Only the support of the people can save the ABC now | Emma Dawson | Media | The Guardian

‘Cutting into muscle’: ABC faces dilemma in absorbing latest funding freeze

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

 ‘Cutting into muscle’: ABC faces dilemma in absorbing latest funding freeze

‘Disappointed’ ABC boss warns of political backlash over budget cut

Can ABC be trusted to hold the government to account? | Andrew Fowler | Opinion | The Guardian

 

Gaven Morris, ABC’s news director

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.

Can ABC be trusted to hold the government to account? | Andrew Fowler | Opinion | The Guardian

In era of opinion, ABC News doubles down on facts

 

ABC News managing editor Tim Ayliffe with Patricia Karvelas and Karina Carvalho.

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.

via In era of opinion, ABC News doubles down on facts

ABC boss Michelle Guthrie attacks commercial rivals, media law reforms

“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.

Source: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie attacks commercial rivals, media law reforms

Sky’s no limit in Murdoch empire’s war on ABC | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

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

Source: Sky’s no limit in Murdoch empire’s war on ABC | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

Donald Trump’s tweets a ‘window into his soul’: Chris Uhlmann questioned over viral critique on US TV – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ABC’s political editor explains his searing critique of US president Donald Trump’s performance at the G20.

Source: Donald Trump’s tweets a ‘window into his soul’: Chris Uhlmann questioned over viral critique on US TV – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australian journalist demolishes Trump at G20: ‘biggest threat to the west’ | US news | The Guardian

BRUTAL: Australian Journalist Sums Up Trump's G20 Visit In 2 Minutes

Reporter Chris Uhlmann’s commentary tearing into American president – a man with ‘no desire and no capacity to lead the world’ – reverberates to Washington

Source: Australian journalist demolishes Trump at G20: ‘biggest threat to the west’ | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump has entered a war he cannot win — in which truth is the enemy – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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.

Source: Donald Trump has entered a war he cannot win — in which truth is the enemy – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

ABC boss Michelle Guthrie says all programs up for review – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Expect more changes, possibly to flagship programs like 7.30, Lateline and the 7pm news, ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie warns.

Source: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie says all programs up for review – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Michelle Guthrie, the ABC and the turning of a once-shining jewel into mainstream sludge | Richard Ackland | Opinion | The Guardian

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

Source: Michelle Guthrie, the ABC and the turning of a once-shining jewel into mainstream sludge | Richard Ackland | Opinion | The Guardian

Attacking the ABC is a win-win for conservatives. The latest furore is no surprise | Lee Zachariah | Opinion | The Guardian

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

Source: Attacking the ABC is a win-win for conservatives. The latest furore is no surprise | Lee Zachariah | Opinion | The Guardian

Leigh Sales interviews NT Chief Head Kicker Adam Giles on the eve of his demise

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.

Source: Leigh Sales interviews NT Chief Head Kicker Adam Giles on the eve of his demise

In praise of our ABC – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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,…

Source: In praise of our ABC – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Amy McQuire On Don Dale: 200 Years Of Trauma Through A CCTV Lens – New Matilda

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

Source: Amy McQuire On Don Dale: 200 Years Of Trauma Through A CCTV Lens – New Matilda

Q&A recap: Steve Price’s ‘hysterical’ insult prompts a mic drop from Van Badham

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.

Source: Q&A recap: Steve Price’s ‘hysterical’ insult prompts a mic drop from Van Badham

Decades Of Conservative Pressure On The ABC Are Paying Off – New Matilda

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

Source: Decades Of Conservative Pressure On The ABC Are Paying Off – New Matilda

ABC suffering slow death by a thousand cuts

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?

Source: ABC suffering slow death by a thousand cuts

Rightwing Q&A panellist rejects offshore ‘warehousing’ of asylum seekers – video

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

Source: Rightwing Q&A panellist rejects offshore ‘warehousing’ of asylum seekers – video

Special Investigations Archives – New Matilda

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.

Source: Special Investigations Archives – New Matilda

Q&A: Stan Grant and David Morrison mark 2016 return in Australian of the Year special | Australia news | The Guardian

ABC’s Q&A returned on Monday night with a panel that also included Catherine Keenan, Gordian Fulde and Manal Younus

Source: Q&A: Stan Grant and David Morrison mark 2016 return in Australian of the Year special | Australia news | The Guardian

FALSE BALANCE: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil… The Debate The ABC Has To Have – New Matilda

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

Source: FALSE BALANCE: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil… The Debate The ABC Has To Have – New Matilda

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The ABC is like a victim trapped in an abusive relationship – with the government | Josh Bornstein | Opinion | The Guardian

A relentless stream of attacks on the ABC by crusaders of the hard right has recalibrated the notion of balance and redefined the organisation

Source: The ABC is like a victim trapped in an abusive relationship – with the government | Josh Bornstein | Opinion | The Guardian

Retrospectivity or Why “Heads Should Roll” At The ABC

Liberal Party

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:

  • Abbott and Dutton were suggesting a few weeks ago that the Minister should have the sole power to cancel the citizenship of a dual national, with Abbott arguing that if it were left to the courts, the person might be found not guilty.
  • As Steve Ciobo pointed out, this person was only found not guilty on a technicality. That is, at the time of the offence, the offence wasn’t an offence, so he was really guilty and it was the court’s insistence that it apply the law rather than arbitrarily decide that “We shall decide who stays in this country and we should be allowed to pass laws retrospectively so that we can claim that the only reason that you haven’t been convicted of anything is that there isn’t a law against it yet, but by tomorrow, you’ll be charged with possessing an annoying attitude and we’ll introduce a mandatory sentence for you whether you’re found guilty or not!’
  • Abbott wants his own inquiry into the ABC because allowing the ABC to run their own inquiry might result in them not finding themselves guilty of treason, whereas every inquiry Mr Abbott has set up has resulted in findings completely in agreement with his own views.
  • The ABC is meant to demonstrate their “impartiality” by not allowing certain undesirable people to ask questions on Q & A. Tony Abbott is concerned that Q & A have provided a platform for people like Mallah and Malcolm Turnbull.

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?

No.

He said:

“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.”

Mm!

Well, if heads must roll, then heads must roll.

This man is guilty only because Steve Ciobo and Tony Abbott say he is. They are acting like Vigilantes

Acquitted of terror charges in 2004, Zaky Mallah is back in the news.

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?