This piece is part of a Crikey Deep Dive series: "What is the ABC For?". We're trying to unravel and distill some of the crucial questions the ABC should be asking itself in this post-Guthrie/Milne era.
The ABC’s recent turmoil has, unsurprisingly, renewed calls for its charter to be revised. But there are huge questions remaining about how that should be done and whether it would just add to the ABC's woes.
The charter -- written into the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act -- is the legal framework under which the public broadcaster operates, including its purpose and role. It's treated as the ABC's sacred text, and it informs its budget, staffing and content decisions.