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SBS seeks ABC-style independence (and a $20 million loan)

With the ABC under pressure from the government, SBS wants to have the same level of independence. Bernard Keane and Farz Edraki on an FOI investigation by Crikey.

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Media briefs: Turnbull’s good news … TV two-faces … power PRs …

The most powerful corporate affairs executives in the country, how Turnbull boosted media stocks, and other media tid-bits of the day….

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The public interest in public broadcasting: accountability a two-way street

Accountability at the ABC and SBS should be a two-way street, writes former ABC executive Geoff Heriot at Inside Story. Erratic government scrutiny fails the public-interest test.

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Consumers and shareholders come last in media ownership reform

Consumers and shareholders miss out whenever governments start talking about allowing more media ownership changes, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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Tips and rumours

Turnbull submits to explosive check … ICT jobs to go in Melbourne … trouble at QSuper? …

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ABC efficiency — how well does it stack up against its rivals?

One of the ABC’s problems may be that it is too efficient in competing with commercial broadcasters, some of which it outrates consistently, write Crikey commentators Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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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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Why history says the ABC review will give it a tick

History suggests even if the ABC’s funding is cut, its journalism will survive. And that’s assuming Malcolm Turnbull wants to cut funding - but does he?

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Losing faith in Aunty

Crikey readers talk refugees and whether the ABC is really unAustralian.

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Tips and rumours

Stone slams cabinet on SPC … The no-nonsense radio knob … Taxpayers revolt over ABC? … Turnbul faces letter cuts …

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Tony Abbott lays out his lines of attack on the ABC

The language of Tony Abbott’s attack on the ABC indicate the government’s tactics in preparing to cut funding. Aunty staff should prepare for the worst.

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Tips and rumours

Turnbull “likes” Facebook COO … ASIC chairman’s world tour … Tax Office clears up health mix-up … Hung up about Telstra discounts …

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Tips and rumours

Uni staff not allowed to say FU … Kevin Rudd finds his doppelganger baby … no Xmas treat for posties? …

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Crikey Awards: your pick for the best (and worst) person of the year

Crikey readers have spoken. We have your Person of the Year and Arsehat of the Year. Plus which silver fox got your nod for sexiest male pollie?

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Crikey Awards: in a year of incompetence, Abbott was the best

It’s been a Melbourne Cup field for incompetence this year in politics, but Crikey has spotted those who have managed to stand out from the pack. None more than the Prime Minister.

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Keane’s parliamentary report card: could do (a lot) better

The first sitting period of the Abbott government is done and dusted — and Crikey hands down its report card of the key figures on both sides. Here are the strong performers and the weakest links in the new order.

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When Malcolm met Henry: Ergas gets a second bite at NBN

Economist Henry Ergas has been appointed to Malcolm Turnbull’s expert panel on the NBN. What does Ergas’ own track record look like?

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Nick Xenophon hits back at Bob Brown

Crikey readers have their say on Greens senate preferences, ASIC and the ATO.

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Companies need to lift their game on tax

Crikey readers have their say on budget scaremongering and getting the NBN to regional Australia.

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Don’t stamp out the prospect of privatising Australia Post

The government should reconsider its preemptive rejection of the privatisation of Australia Post — such sell-offs have worked well overseas. But yes, there are some concerns that need to be deal with first.

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The 11 most influential people in Australia’s tech sector

Smart Company deputy editor Patrick Stafford identifies the movers and shakers of Australia’s tech world. There’s some new names in the mix.

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Coalition draws a near-blank on support for wind power

How many Coalition MPs really support wind farms? Not many, it would seem.

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NBN Co board refuses to drink the poisoned chalice

It’s no surprise the entire NBN Co board has resigned. The Coalition doesn’t want NBN Co to succeed, and the technological and political challenge ahead is mighty.

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Media briefs: Wharfie review … Age literals … Ten’s eye …

The Brisbane Times has recruited ordinary punters to review the Brisbane Festival. Professional reviewers aren’t happy. That and other media tidbits.

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Stimulating hypocrisy from Hockey: Joe’s changed tune

With Treasurer-elect Joe Hockey considering fiscal stimulus, it’s time to revisit what he said about how pointless stimulus was four years ago in opposition.

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