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Crikey says: delicate surgery needed on Aunty

The Dirty Dozen: who’s standing in the way of climate action? The Badgerys Creek airport decision: a long time coming. Why did the ABC finally apologise to Chris Kenny? And why now? ASIC’s failure to launch. The declining power of ethnic lobby groups. How trade agreements could feed the wolves of Wall Street. (And Game Of Thrones spoiler alert on The Sandpit.)

The Prime Minister will be forced to eat his own words if the reports are true and he does attempt to de-fund public broadcasters in the federal budget. GetUp, for one, will force them down his throat …

But the backlash of a broken promise won’t be Tony Abbott’s only problem. The tricky part is nobbling a perceived enemy where it hurts while not creating others in his own camp. The Nationals won’t stand for cuts to regional broadcasting services; Abbott’s surgery has to be delicate enough to quarantine local radio services.

Applying an efficiency divided, which is now on the cabinet table according to one report, is a blunt instrument. Management in its wisdom would identify fat to slice. Previous audits haven’t found much; history shows the cuts will be in drama production and more expensive programming — unpopular in an electorate that holds the ABC in remarkably high esteem.

But on a purely investment/audience ratio, it’s the regional services that have the weakest case for maintaining existing funding. If ABC chief Mark Scott is as vindictive as the government, the dividend as leader will be far from efficient.

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    AR
    Posted Tuesday, 15 April 2014 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    It would certainly be an “efficiency divided,” were TT to do owt to damage rural broadcasting but the dividend might be kudos from the slathering, swivel eyed, foam flecked rightard shoutjocks at Hate Central, 2GB.
    Anyone recall the up-to-the-minute bushfire warnings provided by Kapital commercial radio/tape loops? No but I do enjoy 5hr marathons of the 60/70 as churned out by the local station, 107.6 in FW/NSW - it had me bopping until my pacemaker overloaded!

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    klewso
    Posted Tuesday, 15 April 2014 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    What’s one more Abbott lie?

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    zut alors
    Posted Tuesday, 15 April 2014 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Any word from Alan Jones on a PM who breaks a promise made prior to an election? From memory Gillard made one (‘no carbon tax’) but was continually roasted for this shocking lapse - despite the fact that she was forced to this legislation by the Greens & independants in a hung parliament.

    Abbott’s parliament is not hung but he’s breaking promises in bulk. What’s that old ditty:
    …something something pants on fire.

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