Maurice Newman demands ABC apologise over Tex Perkins obscene gesture at NY Eve performance

Original article by David Ross
The Australian – Page: Online : 2-Jan-20

Former ABC chairman Maurice Newman has accused the public broadcaster of breaching its charter during its New Year’s Eve coverage. The ABC aired footage of singer Tex Perkins making an obscene gesture towards Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Newman said the ABC should apologise for the incident, while Liberal senator Eric Abetz said both Perkins and the ABC should apologise for what occurred. A spokesperson for the ABC said it had no prior knowledge that Perkins was going to make such a gesture, while it noted its New Year’s Eve coverage had help to raise more than $2 million to help communities affected by the bushfires.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

ABC stands firm on Olympics coverage

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 3 : 28-Nov-19

The ABC will not back down on its decision to cease providing radio coverage of the Olympic Games. The ABC’s MD David Anderson and chair Ita Buttrose held talks with the Australian Olympic Committee’s president John Coates and CEO Matt Carroll on 27 November. However, a spokesman for the public broadcaster has confirmed that the ABC will not bid for the radio broadcasting rights for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Commercial radio networks are believed to have ruled out bidding for the broadcasting rights.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE

Ita stymies ABC staff climate crisis group

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 3 : 21-Nov-19

Several of the ABC’s senior journalists have expressed support for a proposal to establish a staff climate crisis advisory group. However, ABC chair Ita Buttrose says the proposal does not have the support of the public broadcaster’s leadership team, adding that "it is not going to happen". Some journalists had warned that the proposal could be at odds with the ABC’s editorial guidelines.

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ABC budgets $23m for underpaid staff

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 3 : 19-Nov-19

The ABC has declined to comment on the likely cost of recompensing casual staff who were underpaid, but insiders claim that at least one employee will receive more than $60,000. The public broadcaster’s latest annual report indicated that it has allocated $22.98m for compensating casual workers who have been underpaid for up to six years, but a spokesman says the final figure is likely to be less than this.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC SECTOR UNION, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT AND ARTS ALLIANCE

ABC staff push for climate group

Original article by Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 23 : 18-Nov-19

A number of ABC presenters and journalists have expressed support for a proposal to establish a ‘climate crisis advisory group’ for the public broadcaster’s staff. Melbourne-based producer and presenter Barbara Heggen put forward the proposal in a recent email to colleagues, in which she stated that the group’s aim would be to report on the climate crisis using a ‘solutions journalism approach’. However, the proposal may be at odds with the ABC’s editorial guidelines.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, RACING NSW

ABC cruelty story breached code

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 3 : 15-Nov-19

Racing New South Wales chairman Russell Balding claims that the ABC’s recent story on the horse racing industry breached a number of its editorial guidelines. Balding, who was MD of the ABC from 2002 to 2006, has written a letter of complaint to ABC MD David Anderson about the program, claiming that it contained a number of ‘significant factual inaccuracies and misrepresentations’. Once the ABC has responded to the letter, Racing NSW will be able to lodge a complaint with the Australian Communications & Media Authority.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, RACING NSW, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY

Ita Buttrose pulls ABC’s Q&A show over call to violence

Original article by Matthew Denholm
The Australian – Page: Online : 8-Nov-19

ABC chairwoman Ita Buttrose says it will pull the 4 November edition of ‘Q&A’ from its platforms, following a number of complaints about the program. Panellists on the program appeared to advocate arson, violence and extrajudicial killings, and ABC MD David Anderson says it will investigate whether the program breached the ABC’s editorial standards. The Australian Communications & Media Authority has so far received 53 complaints about the program.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY

ABC raid could scare off sources

Original article by Hannah Wootton
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 30-Oct-19

The Federal Court has adjourned its hearing into the ABC’s legal challenge to the validity of a police raid on its Sydney headquarters in June. Matt Collins, SC, who is representing the public broadcaster, has told the court that whistleblowers will be reluctant to contact journalists if the Australian Federal Police’s search warrant is not overturned. Amongst other things, the ABC’s case is based on the implied freedom of political communication in the Constitution.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

Content on ice as ABC still frozen

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 2 : 23-Oct-19

The ABC’s MD David Anderson has told a Senate estimates committee hearing that the public broadcaster will have to find annual cost savings of about $40m from fiscal 2022 due to its funding freeze. He added that the cost of producing quality Australian content is rising, while the ABC is facing growing competition for audiences from international streaming video providers. Anderson also said a controversial documentary about One Nation was reviewed by editorial managers and lawyers before it was broadcast by the ABC in March.

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ABC goes begging as it pays execs 70pc more

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 3 : 17-Oct-19

The ABC’s latest annual report shows that its executive management team and board of directors received total remuneration of $6.1m in 2018-19, compared with $3.6m in 2017-18. The public broadcaster added two people to its executive ranks during the latest reporting period. MD David Ander­son was paid $1.14m in 2018-19, while predecessor Michele Guthrie received a $1.35m termination payout. The ABC has reported a 2018-19 net operating surplus of $38.3m.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION