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UPDATED: Around 80 jobs to go as ABC rejigs foreign coverage

The Asia Pacific News Centre and the ABC’s International Division are likely to contribute most of the 80 redundancies announced to staff this morning, as the ABC grapples with the budget cuts.

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Planet Janet’s greatest hits: the woman who’ll help pick the next ABC head

Janet Albrechtsen hasn’t been quiet about her views on what’s wrong with the ABC. Here are some of her most strident views on the national broadcaster — and if you want a seat on the board, you’d better pay attention.

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‘It’s what Murdoch wants’: ABC veteran slams Lewis review

There’s talk of charging for access to some ABC content, and merging some functions with SBS. The ABC’s Quentin Dempster says that would amount to a ‘commercialisation of the public broadcasters’.

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What we will lose if we destroy the public broadcaster

The ABC is under threat, with the cuts announced in the budget likely to be the tip of the iceberg. ABC journalist and public broadcasting advocate Quentin Dempster warns Coalition MPs to be careful what they wish for: a Murdoch monopoly won’t be all they hoped.

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A conservative host for Aunty? Mark Scott faces bias grilling

Questions of bias dominated Senate Estimates yesterday, with ABC managing director Mark Scott facing familiar criticisms. Would a conservative host placate the Liberals?

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Media briefs: saving Peppa … ABC friends… Origin mix-ups …

Queensland has won the State of Origin! Well, so says the Tele. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Dog act: Chris Kenny after more than $90,000 from the ABC

Chris Kenny has previously implied all he wanted was an apology from the ABC for that photoshop. But now he wants almost $100,000 from the public broadcaster.

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ABC’s foreign bureaux in danger after Australia Network budget axing

Many of the ABC’s foreign correspondents are funded by the Australia Network contract. Its axing has them fearing for their bureaux and the future of international coverage.

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Media briefs: O’Farrell wash-up … news dump … ABC to China …

Barry O’Farrell’s resignation pushes the royals to a close second while the ABC becomes the first Australian broadcaster viewed China-wide… and other media tidbits of the day

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Will Scott’s apology dog ABC comedians and screw Aunty’s ACMA case?

Eight months after defending the ABC’s right to air a controversial skit, MD Mark Scott is saying it should never have aired. What prompted his decision, and what does it mean?

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Scott v Mitchell: the ABC debate that never happened

ABC boss Mark Scott was happy to debate The Australian’s editor Chris Mitchell, but scheduling conflicts got in the way. Will the epic media bout ever take place?

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Media briefs: Scott on News … ‘Carnegie’s Den’ … Knight’s injury …

Mark Scott warns of News monopoly … Advertorial for free in The Australian … Media jumps gun on Knight’s injury …

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The ABC v the Murdochs: your guide to the battlefields

The ABC and the Murdoch family are competing in a number of media, and the ABC keeps winning. That’s why News Corp is attacking the ABC, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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‘I’m not happy’: ABC staff scandalised as salaries revealed

The salaries of senior figures at the ABC have been leaked to The Australian — and all hell has broken loose at Aunty today. Some staff think they’re being underpaid, while there are concerns top journos will now be poached by commercial networks.

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Which $800k Aunty staffer got paid more than Mark Scott?

One lucky ABC staffer walked away with over $800k last financial year. Wonder who it was …

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The Power 50: media movers and shakers

Crikey’s list of Australia’s most powerful people is out this week — so who are the media figures on our list?

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Who’s making money on Australian media? The CEO salary survey

Who is the best-paid media CEO in the land? And when you compare it to the size and performance of the operations, do they really earn it? Crikey investigates.

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Media briefs: Aussie Colbert? … coffee gold …Tele sees double …

Do we need a local version of The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? That and other media tidbits.

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ABC boss fires back over The Oz‘s out-of-date claims

Did The Australian misrepresent ABC audience data? Managing director Mark Scott certainly thinks so — and told staff so in a missive yesterday. The data shows Scott is right.

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What’s in Tony Jones’ pay packet, and whether you should know

The ABC is fighting hard to block an FOI request to reveal the salaries of some of its best-known presenters. Crikey asks Aunty insiders whether the public should have the right to know what they’re paid.

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‘More badly written drama from Sydney’: critics slam ABC centralisation

The ABC’s decision to axe TV production in Tasmania has upset some — and leaves Aunty’s empire increasingly focussed on network hubs in Sydney and Melbourne.

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The Entwistle precedent: just who is responsible at the ABC?

BBC director-general George Entwistle has walked after a story went seriously wrong. Should Mark Scott, “editor-in-chief”, do the same if the ABC stuffs up?

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Media briefs: Media Watch watch … Murdoch $30m bonus … Al Jazeera hacked …

In today’s Media Briefs: Front Page of the Day … ABC MD speaks out on Aunty’s sport coverage and ratings ambitions … Murdoch pockets $30 million … Al Jazeera website hacked …

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ABC to unleash citizen’s agenda at 2013 election

The ABC plans to revamp its campaign coverage at next year’s federal election following heavy criticism of the media’s performance during the 2010 campaign.

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Mitchell v Scott … ABC podcast hits … press gallery poll …

In today’s Media Briefs: Fidler on the roof of ABC radio podcasts … Mitchell: Mark Scott tried to get me to Fairfax … Press Gallery committee elected … Front Page of the Day and more ..

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