Apr 1, 2014

Political appointments: Mirabella to chair SBS board, Akerman joins

Tony Abbott has made two political appointments to the SBS, with ex-minister Sophie Mirabella to chair the board that will now include News Corporation columnist Piers Akerman.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Ousted Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella will replace Joseph Skrzynski as chair of multicultural broadcaster SBS, the government announced today.

Skrzynski’s term ended last week, following a failed effort by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to renew his term. Turnbull was overruled by Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s office. Abbott said in a statement this morning:

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23 thoughts on “Political appointments: Mirabella to chair SBS board, Akerman joins

  1. The_roth

    Lol Piers what Sth Aerican products would that be?

  2. billie

    Ha ha April Fool! [I hope]

  3. David Ritchie

    haha…good one!

  4. philipb20

    Had me for a moment with Sophie but Piers a step too far.

  5. arnold ziffel

    chillingly plausible!

  6. MuslimGal

    hahaha. good joke for the day!

  7. Aka

    South american products? This appointment is going to get up a lot of people’s noses.

  8. Steve777

    An incoming Labor Government should sack both Mirabella and Akerman as one of its first actions. Piers Akerman has been positively hostile to public broadcasting and to multiculturalism over the decades. Why would any government appoint him to the SBS unless it was part of a plan to weaken and destroy it from within.

  9. Dan Gulberry

    [Her career in politics demonstrated an excellent capacity to connect effectively with communities]


  10. mark leo

    honestly that’s cruel…my wife works for SBS and it’s run on the smell of an oily rag as it is…

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