Apr 10, 2018

Why having star journalists is risky for the ABC

Unlike most networks, the ABC has to be cautious when a star journalist emerges among its ranks. Unsurprisingly, it's all about playing politics.

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

All TV networks and news outlets have their own star journalists -- reporters who are more than just reporters, who are promoted by their employers as evidence of its hard news credentials. Think Laurie Oakes, Jana Wendt, Sarah Ferguson, Hugh Riminton, Kate McClymont, Chris Uhlmann.

When the commercial networks and news outlets have their star journalists go rogue or cause a stir, there might be a bit of a PR mess (see: Karl Stefanovic). There might be ratings to deal with, there are advertisers and shareholders to consider, not to mention regulators.

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