Journalism

Nov 20, 2013

‘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.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

ABC managing director Mark Scott has apologised to staff for a massive security breach that has led to the salaries of over one hundred employees being released to the media. The ABC will launch an investigation into the leak.

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32 thoughts on “‘I’m not happy’: ABC staff scandalised as salaries revealed

  1. Merve

    I am puzzled at just what The Oz was trying to achieve with this article. All I can see is that the ABC manages to have some of the best talent in this country for much less than commercial stations would pay. Their war on the ABC is bizarre.

  2. NasaPJN

    Guess these guys now know how Tony Abbott feels when things get leaked. Maybe the “outraged” few should speak with Snowden……. 🙂

  3. puddleduck

    The Australian continues its ideological attack on the ABC, at Rupert’s behest, no doubt. If he can’t demolish the ABC via favourable appointments to the board, perhaps he wants to assist competitors lure the talent away? Or by infighting amongst the talent.

    The ABC salaries are nice, considering they don’t work a full year. But I don’t begrudge most of them – good operators who do good work in the public interest.

    Appalled that Chris Bath gets nearly $1million a year. What is wrong with this country?

  4. Mark from Melbourne

    When can we expect to see News publish their staff and management’s salaries?

  5. Mark from Melbourne

    Oh and News could perhaps try and be better at what they do rather than just whinge about ABC. The amount of money they have spent on their web presence is many times what ABC has spent, it’s just that they’ve done a crap job and wasted most of it on consultants and re-designs.

  6. stephen Matthews

    Tony Jones is clearly underpaid

  7. Nici

    The Oz is doing what The Times did in the UK in the lead up to their election and in the aftermath: seeking to undermine the state-funded broadcaster because it is a serious competitor to the News empire.
    The revenge theory posed by NasaPJN is also very interesting. Although why the OZ would consider itself to be on Abbott’s side, when it claimed only to be holding the previous government to account, is anyone’s guess.

  8. Bill Laswelll

    @merve – see above comment for oz’s motivation.

  9. Dennis Bauer

    The breakup of the ABC starts,it will be interesting to see if the Murdoch press end’s up with it eventually.
    divide and conquer, works every time.

  10. Dogs breakfast

    I’m looking forward to an expose by the Australian on the salaries of their senior staff splashed on the front page.

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