For most media organisations, responding to complaints is a business necessity. For the ABC, it's a means by which the government can exert control.
The facts around this week's events at the ABC are being obscured by self-serving claims that shouldn't be allowed to gain currency.
It was not always too much to expect that the ABC would defend controversial work by its journalists. During the conflicts in Iraq, management stood by their people.
Justin Milne's demand for the sacking of Emma Alberici is an unforgivable breach of the ABC's independence. He must resign, and quickly.
Good morning, early birds. New revelations emerge about the tension between sacked ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie and chairman Justin Milne. Plus, the printing company that raked in half a million dollars of tax payers' money despite not owning a single commercial printer. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
Sunderland didn't find any of the pieces he considered to have breached the ABC's editorial policies, but he did have some issues with pieces that were too "judgemental".
The Turnbull government is reenacting the Howard government's assault on the ABC during the Iraq war. Except this time there's no Donald McDonald to lead the defence of the broadcaster.
How long will Financial Review readers have to put up with a senior journalist's obsessive writing about the ABC's Emma Alberici?