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. On the menu is greater policy scrutiny, a beefed-up online offering and more opportunities for voters to set the agenda rather than politicians or journalists.

The last federal election campaign -- best remembered for Mark Latham's aggressive appearance on the campaign trail -- was widely seen as a nadir for the major parties and the media. Independent MP Tony Windsor described it as the worst campaign he'd ever seen from the fourth estate.