It’s like the publican asking the resident drunk to audit the pub.
Via the Australian
THE ABC will undertake a series of sweeping reviews of its content after chairman Jim Spigelman conceded the public broadcaster needed to address allegations of bias and rebalance the airtime it gave to left-wing issues such as gay marriage, to focus more on mainstream concerns such as electricity pricing.
Saying the ABC needed to endeavour to engage all sections of the community and remain "important to all Australians", Mr Spigelman said he had been concerned since his appointment last year about the frequency of allegations of a lack of impartiality.
…The first audit is being prepared by a former British journalist and producer at the BBC, Andrea Wills, who has one year's experience at the ABC. She will assess the impartiality of all interviews of Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott on ABC radio during this year's election campaign, while a second audit is to consider the treatment of the debate about asylum-seekers.
Really? Spigelman must think the public are bunch of idiots.
I say again, it’s time to defund the ABC and commercialise its operations.
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“Pathetic”, describes the rabble of Neanderthals burning cheap computer printouts of the Australian flag outside our Embassy in Jakarta recently.
Equally pathetic was Indonesia’s blackmail attempt to subdue Australia into bootlicking servility—again.
The UK Guardian, the Australian Guardian, Fairfax media, the ABC and SBS, all comrades in lockstep from the dedicated Left, deemed it clever to publish stolen and untested information from an American traitor whose motive, ideology and psychological condition is unknown. Well known, however, is that every mature person on earth understands the need for collecting intelligence in today’s world of terrorism—except the above-mentioned media and ABC director Mark Scott, it seems.
It’s fairly obvious, even to the casual observer, that the taxpayer funded ABC is completely out of control.
I know there is talk about selling it, but I seriously doubt there would be anyone who’d be interested in acquiring it (mind you, what a laugh it would be if News Ltd bought’em!)
Given the ABC completely disregards its commitment to “deliver content with integrity, diligence and transparency and to act in the interests of citizens” the Abbott Gov’t should put the ABC on a one way path to full privatisation.
According to the ABC’s 2013 annual report, the ABC was allocated $1,030.2 million in the May 2012 Federal Budget and $12.1 million in the 2012–13 Additional Estimates process, totalling $1,042.3 million for the 2012–13 year (The May 2013 Federal Budget maintained the ABC’s funding base, provided a $90 million loan from government over three years to assist with the cash flow requirements of the Melbourne Accommodation Project, and provided additional funding for journalism, digital content delivery, increased digital television coverage, and ANZAC Centenary programming.)
Surprisingly, the ABC also received $158.2 million from other sources, including ABC Commercial.
So here’s what I’d do going forward. As I’m a rather generous person, I’d cut the ABC’s 2014-2015 gov’t funding allocation by 10% from $1,042.3 million to $938.07 million and keep reducing the ABC’s taxpayer funded allocation each year by 10% (if the Gov’t have to amend the ABC Act to allow the ABC to advertise then they should do this ASAP).
So when we hit the 2024 – 2025 financial year, the ABC will be 100% privately funded and then they can do and say whatever the hell they like.
No wonder Fairfax Media is going broke…70% of SMH readers polled think the ABC is “an excellent and essential service, they deserve more funding.”
Those bed wetters over at ShutUp! GetUp! have put up a petition to “Save the ABC.”
Their argument that the ABC needs to be saved…”free to remain fair and balanced.”
Foxtrot me dead…
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Over in ABC land…Edward Snowden good…Rikki Lambert bad.
Naturally, no one at the ABC was stood down either for the security leak.
Via (of course) ABC News
A political adviser has been suspended by the Family First Party in South Australia for leaking confidential ABC salary details to News Limited.
Staffer Rikki Lambert has confirmed to the ABC he gave the pay details to The Australian newspaper.
It published salary details of key ABC staff last week and state breakdowns were published in other News Limited papers.
The ABC acknowledged last week it gave the pay information in error to a South Australian MP.
Family First's Robert Brokenshire later confirmed it came with information he had requested about corporation staffing.
I really hope Mark Scott is losing heaps of sleep over the salary leak, and that he might just for a nano second feel for the mess he caused our clandestine security services.
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The Editor, Menzies House.
Although a bit late, I nonetheless refer to your post October 1 on this site, Blatant bias at your expense—complain like hell.
What the ABC, and Mr Barry in particular need to understand is that the majority of Australian taxpayers are opposed to leftist ideology and as such are seriously at odds with not all, but most of our ABC’s productions. There is no regard for balance as required in their editorial policy. It is obvious that a cabal of socialist elitists are calling the piper’s tune and us who pays for all.
While the tears of the loser is like honey on the lips of the winners, it is hard not to feel a little tug of sympathy for Paul Barry despite his displayed bias. The cause he promoted, the Party he followed, the religion he worshipped are as nothing now. His global warming God has feet of clay—intransigent.
For a long time Q&A with Tony Jones has been seen as just another ABC production of farce at the majority of taxpayers’ expense. And no finer example was the recent waste of one hour in a person’s life was the occasion of Canada’s global warming guru Dr David Suzuki.
Skating skilfully in and out of the ABC’s editorial policy, Q&A claim to have a balanced audience in equal concoctions of Greens, Labor, and Liberals. Even a lobotomised monkey could fool the selection process about their political bent as they do resulting in a predictable majority of salivating hyenas programmed to dine on conservatives before they utter a word.
Not present that night was the customary “ABC balance” of five from the left versus two from the right as the panel was of Jones and Suzuki alone. Bill Gates was the only other guest to enjoy that importance. The subject was Suzuki’s pet income generator, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the mob that assures us that the planet is stuffed and every bastard on it will be broiled alive or drowned in rising seas.