Exerpt from an article by Amander Meade
Today, government support for the national broadcaster – the most trusted and loved media organisation in the country – seems missing in action.
First we had “no cuts to the ABC or SBS” before the 2013 election, than Abbott imposed a $254m cut after taking office. Malcolm, a communications minister who was seen as a friend of the ABC, ordered an efficiency review to determine how the ABC could make cuts without affecting programming.
Four years later Turnbull, now prime minister, imposed an additional $84m “indexation pause” – and ordered a second efficiency review.
What was wrong with the first one?”
Heading up this second efficiency review are former Foxtel boss Peter Tonagh and former Australian Communications and Media Authority acting chairman Richard Bean. Bean, a career public servant, is an obvious choice for his knowledge of the area.