Communist Party of Australia  

Home


The Guardian

Current Issue

PDF Archive

Web Archive

Pete's Corner

Subscribe

Press Fund


CPA


About Us

Why you should ...

CPA introduction


Contact Us

facebook, twitter


Major Issues

Indigenous

Unions

Health

Housing

Climate Change

Peace

Solidarity/Other


State by State

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic, WA


What's On

Topical


Resources

AMR

Links


Shop@CPA

Books, T-shirts, CDs/DVDs, Badges, Misc


 

Issue #1645      July, 2, 2014

Cost-cutting review of ABC must become public

“Leaks from Minister Turnbull’s cost-cutting review of the ABC are alarming,” said Glenys Stradijot, ABC Friends national spokesperson. “The type of broadcaster envisaged by the review is privatisation of the ABC.

“It breaks two Coalition pre-election promises: its promise not to cut the ABC and its promise not to privatise the ABC.

“Independent surveys regularly reveal how highly Australians trust and value the public broadcaster.

“The community will not accept the ABC becoming merely a platform for programs produced by the same private production companies that make content for commercial television.

“They will not accept the operations of the ABC being even more centralised in Sydney. The ABC is meant to be a ‘national’ broadcaster.”

The government’s review puts in place the means to outsource most of the national broadcaster’s programs. These include Play School and At the Movies. it also includes increased centralisation of operations in Sydney.

The ABC has a long-time process of “build and own” for program production. The review wants to axe an ABC decision to build new television production studios at its Southbank headquarters.

Michael Tull, president of the Community and Public Sector Union, said the proposals would “sound the death knell for the ABC’s distinctive Australian voice.

“If that in-house capacity goes then Australia can say goodbye to the great dramas and edgy comedies which are such a central part of who we are.”

The ABC and SBS would also share headquarters, something former prime minister Malcolm Fraser warned would be the “death” of SBS.

Glenys Stradijot said: “Australians are entitled to know what is being considered for their national public broadcaster.

“Full details of the cost-cutting review must immediately be made public.

She also questioned if Minister Turnbull needs to explain why his appointee to head the review, Peter Lewis, does not have a conflict of interest.

Peter Lewis previously held senior positions with Seven West Media. After having been given access to confidential information about the internal operations of the ABC and developing recommendations for its future, he is soon to commence a position as chief financial officer for another major commercial competitor to the ABC.

Next article – Is the US ready to trigger war in Asia?

Back to index page

Go to What's On Go to Shop at CPA Go to Australian Marxist Review Go to Join the CPA Go to Subscribe to the Guardian Go to the CPA Maritime Branch website Go to the Resources section of our web site Go to the PDF of the Hot Earth booklet go to the World Federation of Trade Unions web site go to the Solidnet  web site Go to Find out more about the CPA