How should the ABC cover its most
controversial board member and his contentious ideas? we asked
recently-appointed ABC Board director Keith Windschuttle this morning.

Is it possible that ABC journalists might feel constrained about how to
present arguments about yourself and your works? Are there guidelines
in place as to how to deal with this situation? Could you imagine a
situation where you would sue the ABC?

Our questions follow an incident on Sunday. Film director Bob Weis
says he was cut off by Melbourne radio station ABC 774 before he
could criticise Mr Windschuttle because, Weis claims, ABC staff were
worried about protecting their jobs (yesterday, item 3).

In
response to Crikey’s questions today, Windschuttle said that “Bob Weis
is performing a cheap publicity stunt” to promote his film, adding that
he is “not going to help him by answering questions on the matter”.

We
prodded further. Putting aside how you feel about this particular
incident, doesn’t this issue have wider ramifications at the ABC?
Windschuttle wouldn’t elaborate, reiterating that he knows a publicity
stunt when he sees one.

But he did have one question of his own: “How long have you been in journalism?”

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