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The ABC debate: we have Mamamia and BuzzFeed, we don’t need the ABC anymore

Much of what the ABC does is already being done by others, writes James Paterson, deputy executive director of the Institute of Public Affairs.

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A hard landing for the ABC’s version of soft diplomacy

Cutting funding and abandoning the Australia Network attacks the ABC’s international role via the back door, argues Rodney Tiffen at Inside Story.

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Tips and rumours

Meetings but no news: ABC staff nervous … Who’s the ‘Sharrimarkson’ editing Joye? … Come to the doctor! It’s free! … A cracking good yarn …

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Media briefs: Rupert’s influence … sidebars of shame … Palin’s new low …

A gun ABC journo is breaking new online ground, and Facebook wants to be your new go-to media outlet. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Source or reporter? Murky waters around ABC Manus Island scoop

When is a source a journalist? One reporter handed the ABC a scoop but believes she didn’t get the credit. But Aunty says it was just following standard practice.

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Make pollies pay for full price for their sangas

Crikey readers talk politicians’ entitlements, why the film industry subsidy is a rort and privacy and healthcare.

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Should the ABC apologise? It’s far from black and white

The ABC is under a lot of fire for its story on asylum seekers’ burnt hands, but was the story false? And should Aunty apologise? We ask current and former staffers, and opinions are mixed.

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Crikey Awards: does any title deserve to be newspaper of the year?

It’s slim-pickings in the Crikey title of newspaper of the year. But the ABC stood out, along with some smart print columnists, while the fall from grace for Kim Williams was hard.

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Bias and the ABC: a never-ending story with some concessions

The News Corporation attacks on the ABC are as frequent as they are predictable. But there are some concessions Aunty could make to reduce perceptions of bias.

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It’s just business: Kohler’s axed Sunday slot leaves coverage gap

What does the end of Alan Kohler’s Inside Business mean for business reporting on the ABC? There are gaps to fill, and differing ideas on how to fill them.

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More diversity on the menu as ABC News overhauls cadetship program

The ABC has scrapped its normal process for hiring cadets this year — a move aimed at boosting diversity. Matthew Knott and Andrew Crook report.

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Media briefs: ABC disclosure … CloMo deffo … go the fro …

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has threatened to sue a local paper for defamation. That and other media tidbits.

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The legacy of Bill Peach, a gentleman broadcaster

Vale Bill Peach, an endearing, down-to-earth, genuinely friendly personality backed by a deep knowledge of world affairs and Australian history.

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ABC poachathon: Fairfax’s loss is Aunty’s gain

The ABC has raided Fairfax and News Corp to beef up its news-breaking prowess. A new 24-member team has been revealed today, to file across TV, radio and online.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Offspring, political debates draw viewers

Offspring’s season finale was the big winner among viewers last night, writes Glenn Dyer.

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Media briefs: Abbott v ABC … Palmer’s paper … Gillard bullies …

The ABC’s current affairs stars are trying to goad Tony Abbott into appearing on their programs. That and other media tidbits.

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Fact off: ABC and Fray’s PolitiFact dig into pollies’ spin

The ABC has announced a new team dedicated to checking up on pollies’ spin, and US website PolitiFact is also opening an Australian division.

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Media briefs: reform fact check … News photo stunt … No Idea on Ellen …

ABC journos have been ensnared in a Sunday Telegraph stunt in a campaign against Labor’s proposed media reforms.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The media are looking for “Labor figures”, and they’re not too picky who they get. Plus other political issues of the day.

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ABC News gets $10m extra funding to boost regional coverage

ABC news boss Kate Torney today announced a major funding boost, with implications for news-gathering operations across the country.

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Holmes: BBC boss’ incuriosity won’t kill this cat

That BBC boss George Entwistle didn’t investigate allegations against Jimmy Savile makes sense. It goes to the important Chinese walls at the broadcaster, writes ABC Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes.

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Mussels off the menu on the ABC

Yet Crikey suspects many media consumers, especially those who rely on the broadcast media for news, would be utterly confused about exactly why Peter Slipper resigned from the speaker’s chair.

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Jobs, programs set to go as Radio National chases $1m

Staff at ABC Radio National are nervous about a major overhaul due to be announced tomorrow.

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Eric Campbell v Greg Sheridan: it’s not over yet

An update on #sheridanchallenged, the bid by ABC Foreign Correspondent reporter Eric Campbell to get The Australian’s foreign editor Greg Sheridan to give examples of “sectarian” interests.

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ABC’s Eric Campbell to Greg Sheridan: put up or shut up

ABC reporter Eric Campbell took offence at The Australian’s Greg Sheridan and his suggestion that “many in the ABC support totalitarianism”. Here’s his letter in response …

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