Film & TV

Jun 4, 2014

What we will lose if we destroy the public broadcaster

The ABC is under threat, with the cuts announced in the budget likely to be the tip of the iceberg. ABC journalist and public broadcasting advocate Quentin Dempster warns Coalition MPs to be careful what they wish for: a Murdoch monopoly won't be all they hoped.

The ABC axe is about to fall.

First up: targeted redundancies within the 108 full-time and part-time staff employed to service the ABC’s now-terminated Australia Network contract. ABC managing director Mark Scott was handed a letter giving 90 days’ notice of the termination of the contract from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on budget night, May 13.

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12 thoughts on “What we will lose if we destroy the public broadcaster

  1. Alastair Nicholson

    Great article shows how stupid the ant-ABC clique is

  2. Steve777

    The Liberals have already sold their souls. The ABC and SBS won’t survive a second Abbott term, should he get one. As for a Government propaganda network, while the Liberals are in power Newscorp looks after that

  3. Pedantic, Balwyn

    Ms Bishop demonstrates that the Right is only concerned with how it is perceived by the rest of the world. Their perception has nothing to do with truth or factual representation. Any hint of criticism draws a strong rebuke or where possible punitive measures to give example to any one or organisation that deviates from the Right’s viewpoint of the world. Hopefully the harsh, and inequitable policies measures proclaimed in the recent budget will open the general publics eyes to this appalling bunch of ideologues.

  4. zut alors

    The Coalition forgets that Murdoch occasionally abandons them to give the ALP a shot at government.

    The Abbott government would be ill-advised & short-sighted (their standard modus operandi) to undermine independent media… for which the Coalition may be grateful again one day.

  5. Alex

    Well said, Quentin!!

  6. Scott

    “The ABC was created by the Lyons Coalition government in 1932”

    It was actually nationalised in 1932 (ABC was called the Australian Broadcasting Company) before that.

    In 1932, you could argue that the Government needed a national broadcaster to promote the Government’s agenda.
    I’m not sure the argument is still valid in today’s media diverse world.

    And this idea that its Murdoch vs the ABC for media domination in Australia is rubbish. With the amount of websites/newspapers/radio/tv available in Australia, there is no shortage of divergent views available for the astute viewer/reader.

    No one will notice the loss of the ABC or SBS (other than freeing up around 1 billion dollars in funding a year). There is still Fairfax media, Ten, Nine, Seven, Msn, Guardian, Crikey, Macquarie radio etc available.

  7. cartoonmick

    Nice article, Quentin.
    Odd really, how some people let power go to their heads and use it to suppress anything they perceive as a danger to their grip on that power.
    Mind you, normal adults wouldn’t do that. Normal adults with power would perform as expected by the people who gave them that power.
    But I guess that’s what happens in the world of smoke and mirrors.
    In the meantime, the ABC must fight (with our help) for survival.

    A couple of cartoons on the ABC (enemies and future)


  8. CML

    Scott – you are an idiot. Enough said!

  9. babs007

    We have a surfeit of TV news programs and most of our “news” is crime, accidents and similar garbage. No need for the ABC to be presenting this stuff several times a day. The problem with the ABC apparently is a disinterested/complacent board. Mark Scott has come off as pompous and a law unto himself so he needs to get the axe.

  10. klewso

    Murdoch and his apologists :- “You can never have too much diversity of opinion – it confuses the punters”.

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