Pure Poison IconIn its editorial today The Australian has called for a for a media enquiry, well, to be more specific, an ABC enquiry;

The ABC deserves support but it also deserves to have its role clarified at a time when media has exploded thanks to new technologies…

Ad hoc parliamentary inquiries such as that now under way into outsourcing are worthwhile but not enough. We need a comprehensive, independent review along the lines of the Dix inquiry held three decades ago, in order to find a new vision for the ABC in a digital age.

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This somewhat contrasts with News Limited CEO John Hartigan’s view of the current review into print media as being a witch-hunt.

It will be interesting to see if this is the beginning of a push from News Ltd to have more political attention focussed on the ABC, particularly its online division, which is one of the biggest threats to News as it undertakes the transition from print to online. If so, it wouldn’t be the first time that News Corp has taken aim at a public broadcaster, James Murdoch famously attacked the BBC as a threat to journalism, and The Australian has been unrelenting in its criticism of ABC News 24, a competitor to Sky News which is part owned by News and whose board is chaired by Hartigan.

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Peter Fray
Peter Fray
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