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Mar 2, 2018

Alan Sunderland sent a video to ABC staff saying everything is fine

The ABC's head of editorial policies Alan Sunderland has tried to calm staff discontent over recent editorial missteps with an internal email and video today assuring them it's business as usual at the national broadcaster.

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

ABC Editorial Director Alan Sunderland

The ABC's head of editorial policies Alan Sunderland has tried to calm staff discontent over recent editorial missteps with an internal email and video today assuring them it's business as usual at the national broadcaster. Staff have been increasingly disgruntled by the way the ABC has handled the debacle over Emma Alberici's corporate tax piece and the cabinet files. And Sunderland and managing director Michelle Guthrie's efforts at Senate estimates earlier this week did nothing to settle the feeling that Alberici was hung out to dry by management, or that the ABC had pandered to political pressure when it pulled her work down from the website.

And it's hard to see how this effort will do much to win over skeptical and frustrated staff.

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16 thoughts on “Alan Sunderland sent a video to ABC staff saying everything is fine

  1. Arky

    Where’s an image meme of the Iraqi information minister when you need it?

    The metaphorical Baghdad is burning in the background behind Sunderland and Guthrie, yet they think bare denials anything is wrong will satisfy people.

    1. zut alors

      Tip-off to Alan Sunderland: whether you change the editorial ethos or don’t change it at this ‘sensitive time’, the ABC budget is guaranteed to be shafted by the Turnbull government. What will Aunty risk by being bold?

      NOTHING

      ABSOLUTELY
      NOTHING

  2. paddy

    Beyond parody.
    I thought both his & Guthrie’s performance at Senate estimates was appalling.
    I obviously underestimated just how bad it could get.

  3. brian crooks

    the Rupert Murdoching of the ABC is now complete, the black prince `s hacks are now dismantling the once proudly independent public broadcaster and gagging any criticism of this totally disfunctional shambles of a government, they say Murdoch is now bedridden, lets pray its serious because this world will be a much better place without him.

  4. York City

    I was waiting for the trapdoor or hook to end the misery of having to watch this codger.

  5. Adrian

    Let me address the elephant in the room… by stepping over it and telling you right now, that despite all the appearance that the ABC has caved to the government and the consensus of the same in respected journalistic circles, let me assure you, we have not.

    {off camera} I think that worked – this journalism is easy. Give it an hour and I call the PM and see whether he liked my statement.

    1. Michael James

      “telling you right now, that despite all the appearance that the ABC has caved to the government and the consensus of the same in respected journalistic circles, let me assure you, we have not.”

      That is the point at which John Cleese would walk in and announce “And now for something completely different …” (or a 16-ton weight would squish the pompous speaker thru the floorboards).

  6. Itsarort

    Howard was reported to have been very disappointed with Donald McDonalds efforts as Chairman of the ABC, since he and his wife had a strong association with the Lib’s as well as being a close friend. However, people like McDonald, whether you like their politics or not, had a certain code of social and moral ethics. In contrast, living under the umbrella of the Murdoch empire, for any reasonable amount of time, seems to extricate ethics of a more narrow and antithetical kind.

  7. zut alors

    Johnny Depp’s & Amber Heard’s apology video was more convincing.

    1. paddy

      Listen Zut, I think it’s very cruel to mention the Pistol & Boo in the room. 🙂

  8. Laurie Patton

    The unavoidable conclusion I’ve come to is that prior news managerial experience should be made one of the mandatory selection criteria for the ABC managing director role. My experience with Ms Guthrie was underwhelming to say the least. https://www.crikey.com.au/2017/02/20/laurie-patton-7-30-got-it-wrong-on-today-tonight-and-kennett/

  9. old greybearded one

    4 Pinocchios and a pants on fire to this klutz.

  10. klewso

    Elliot Goblet surely?

    1. AR

      Gobbling certainly – does this abject object remind anyone else of that Mapplethorpe pic, Jim & Tom, Sausalito?

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