May 29, 2014

A conservative host for Aunty? Mark Scott faces bias grilling

Questions of bias dominated Senate Estimates yesterday, with ABC managing director Mark Scott facing familiar criticisms. Would a conservative host placate the Liberals?

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

It was Senator Zed Seselja asking the questions yesterday, but it could have been The Australian, with the Liberal ACT Senator leaning heavily on the paper’s analysis to grill ABC managing director Mark Scott at Senate estimates.

Coalition senators peppered Scott with claims the ABC leant left-wing, or anti-government. But Seselja did see one ray of light, asking Scott whether the rumours he’d heard that the ABC was considering a new show hosted by a prominent, right-wing commentator were true.

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15 thoughts on “A conservative host for Aunty? Mark Scott faces bias grilling

  1. MJPC

    Is the grilling of the ABC and the need for some right-wing commentator as a result of the public not believing News Limited rags, and the usual suspects on radio (such as the parrot) and turning to the ABC for the facts on any issue.
    Poor old Alan Jones, he told his pensioner blue rinse listeners Tony was the new messiah and, now, after parting the waves to get into power has shown he is not quite that saintly in shafting them mightily.
    Of course any criticism of this crew by the ABC has to be left wing, because virtually all of the comenmtators outside the ABC are middle to rabid right wing in their support of this government (Lies et al), and their influence on the proletariat has waned after the budget horrors perpetrated against them.

  2. Mark Duffett

    You can home in on a topic. You can even maybe hone a line of questioning. But never, NEVER ‘honed in’. #pethate

  3. klewso

    Is this Zed Seselja related to Charlie McCarthy?
    Imagine how his branch of the political tree would cope if they were subjected to the sort of “gerbilism” Murdoch dishes up to Labor?

  4. klewso

    If only the world was edited to suit Murdoch and the Limited News Party – the way they do?

  5. paddy

    Actually, I thought Zed Seselja looked out of his league trying to nail Mark Scott.
    While I’m no great fan of Scott, he knows how to handle estimates.
    Looking at the socmed gossip from last night & today, the fate of Peppa pig is rating far higher than Paul Barry or even dog love.
    Then again, I don’t read the Murdoch media, so I’ve probably missed a lot.

  6. Bob's Uncle

    “the ABC does not employ a single conservative in a prominent position..”

    I’m sure Chris Uhlmann, previously host of the ABC’s flagship TV current affairs program, and currently hosting it’s flagship radio current affairs program, would be glad not to be considered “prominent”.

    In the same way Ray Martin was never “prominent” at Channel 9, no doubt.

  7. Liamj

    We should properly corporatise the ABC, then could bill the tax-dodging parasites from IPA & CIS for all the free airtime they get.

    Or even full privatisation – let News Corpse buy the ABC, they’ll run it into ground as is their talent, then next Lab-Green govt can launch a new version of same. It needs a new 21C name anyway, why not cash-out the brand?

  8. jason kidd

    Is the Senate estimates for the benefit of Australians or personal interests and the NLP?

  9. bushby jane

    Fairfax on the whole provides unbiased coverage of news, except the views of our local editor at The Examiner in Launceston who should get himself a job at News in my opinion.
    This govt’s attacks on ABC are disgraceful especially the cutting of Australia Network, which has more far reaching ramifications for our overseas reporters etc.

  10. Electric Lardyland

    “the ABC does not employ a single conservative in a prominent position”?
    Well, I suppose that to the current crop of rabid right wingers, former Liberal party staffer, Mark Scott, has a bit too much grasp on reality, to be really considered a conservative.

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