Jun 18, 2018

Why ABC attacks went from political theatre to fundamental threat

The Liberals have been playing a long game on ABC attacks, but it's the commercial media that's now given them the final play.

Christopher Warren

Journalist and media watcher

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The ABC’s output will almost certainly be privatised, if the conservative and corporate media have their way. But what would be left behind, if Australian stories were to be shifted from the public sphere into privately owned spaces?

The continuing attacks on the ABC pose an existential threat to the organisation’s ability to operate as an effective voice as part of a diverse ecosystem, leaving an exclusively private media where the Australian cultural voice will be cloistered behind paywalls. 

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