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Apr 2, 2014

Crikey says: an unhealthy reliance on Aunty

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Much of ABC managing director Mark Scott’s speech last night was testimony to the failure of Australia’s media ownership laws over the last 30 years. Somehow, we’ve ended up with the key battle in Australian media being between the national broadcaster and the largest commercial media company.

For News Corporation, of course, the ABC is exactly what the BBC is for its British newspapers and pay TV interests: a taxpayer-funded competitor deeply loathed not so much for purported bias or ideological opposition, as for how it provides for free what News Corp wants to charge for — and increasingly must charge for — given the collapse in its newspaper revenues.

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6 thoughts on “Crikey says: an unhealthy reliance on Aunty

  1. Bill Hilliger

    …a taxpayer-funded competitor deeply loathed not so much for purported bias or ideological opposition, as for how it provides for free what News Corp wants to charge for… Yes indeed, News Corp would like to charge for their shitty products and the public are becoming resistant to buying shitty products. That’s why News Corp are so anxious about the ABC.

  2. graybul

    Crikey, are you saying . . Because Govt(s) facilitated Murdock to buy up 70% of commercial Media; thus isolating ABC as a ‘last man standing’ . . that now the non-commercial ABC has become THE THREAT!??

  3. Venise Alstergren

    Although appreciating the overall hypothesis, wouldn’t an alternative news source-internet/whatever be a question of finance? Who would be able to put up enough money to put another news source in place? And even if someone can afford to do this, how will that someone not want to tamper
    with it and impose his own personal ideology the way Rupert Murdoch does.

    If the Australian people ever found the courage to go to war against the present system of government a new political force could neatly press the ABC into following correct party lines.

    It is pointless to hope for an enlightened and alternative news source, as the people clearly are unable to tolerate anything more complicated than two plus two.

  4. Jaybuoy

    why is taxpayer funded a problem.. its a crowdsourced media supplier of the highest standard.. it even outs itself for laxness..why is there an insistence that private profit based news is purer.. surely the Rupert factor alone dismisses that line of thought.. the ABC is an Australian institution that is at least as important as the ADF (anzac) in defining this country and ought to be allowed to continue to adapt..

  5. klewso

    Well …. we need the ABC more than we need a politically partisan media behemoth run by a foreigner – Murdoch…?

  6. zut alors

    To describe the ABC as “a taxpayer-funded competitor” against News Corp is hardly fair. There’s no competition, they play in different leagues & to different rules. The ABC is respectful of the umpire whereas News Corp doesn’t give a rats.

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