25 Jul 2018

The government support for the national broadcaster is missing in action.

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Aunty is on life support, the government thinks we should turn of the machine.
She’s an Aunty to 25 million people who love her, we can’t allow this to happen

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. 

The threat to Aunty’s remit is, according to some, existential. The official line from the ABC is that it’s business as usual. That global media disruption has compounded the pressure the ABC is under from the usual political and commercial forces. But with ongoing funding cuts, complaints of bias, government reviews, Murdoch media antagonism, internal instability, and a communications minister who is a member of a right wing think tank that advocates the end of public broadcasting, the forces against the ABC loom large.

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.

The appointment of Tonagh however, by the communications minister, Mitch Fifield, was interpreted as putting a fox in the henhouse. Before Foxtel, Tonagh was the CEO of News Corp Australia, a company that makes no secret of its desire to see Aunty shrink.

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