TV & Radio

Nov 9, 2012

After six years in exile, why Dempster can’t sit on the ABC board

Quentin Dempster is banned from taking up the reinstated staff-elected board position at the ABC after a six-year fight to return due to a legislative clause that nobody picked up on.

David Salter

Journalist and former Media Watch executive producer.

After leading a six-year battle for the reinstatement of the staff-elected director position to the ABC board, veteran public broadcasting activist Quentin Dempster finds himself ineligible to stand under Labor’s long-awaited legislation.

Dempster, a veteran journalist and host of the NSW 7.30 edition, broke the news in a note he emailed to all ABC staff late yesterday. He said he was “distressed by this turn of events but have no choice now but to withdraw”:

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3 thoughts on “After six years in exile, why Dempster can’t sit on the ABC board

  1. Peter Shute

    Another act of pure meanness from the Coalition and the fact Dempster should have enemies examples how fragile our media is.
    He is one of the few journalists who can go in tough yet end on a civilised note and appears to garner respect from those he grills on our behalf.
    On the upside even getting a quality journo like Peacock on the board is a great success.

  2. Salamander

    At least he’s in good company with the US President!

  3. zut alors

    What a lucky break for the ABC board members. Pitting their wits against someone of Dempster’s calibre would be daunting, he’s a smart cookie.

    Matt Peacock is a good substitute.

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