Steve Harris, who was commissioned by the ABC board to audit ABC journalism, has applied to be a director of the ABC board. When contacted by Weekly Beast, Harris confirmed he had applied for the board role while he was conducting his editorial review of the ABC’s coverage of the higher education reform bill.
Harris’s review was largely favourable. The former newspaper editor studied 54 segments across TV, radio and online which were broadcast in March 2015 and found just two were “unsatisfactory”. The former News Corp and Fairfax Media executive was appointed by the ABC board in April to undertake the review, a paid consultancy for which he will receive about $30,000.
Accentuate the negatives
You wouldn’t know the Harris report was largely favourable by reading the Australian on Tuesday.
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