ABC Managing Director Mark Scott’s Farewell Address To The National Press Club

Mark Scott, the Managing Director of the ABC, has delivered a farewell address to the National Press Club.

Scott retires as Managing Director in May. He will be replaced by a former Google executive, Michelle Guthrie.

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Transcript of Mark Scott’s Address to the National Press Club.

One Sure Bet: The Future of Public Broadcasting

Ladies and Gentlemen

It’s wonderful to be able to join you today at the National Press Club.

At the ABC, we are in the midst of something that’s very rare in media circles and rarer still in Canberra – a well-planned, warm-spirited CEO transition. [Read more…]


ABC Says Its Reports Of Asylum Seekers’ Claims Should Have Been “More Precise”

The ABC has conceded that its reports of claims by asylum seekers of mistreatment by Navy personnel should have been “more precise”.

After several weeks of media coverage of its reporting of the claims and an adverse finding by its own Media Watch program, the ABC’s Managing Director, Mark Scott, and the Director of News, Kate Torney, issued a statement in which they say that there was no attempt to “pre-judge” the claims.

They said: “The ABC has not attempted to play judge and jury on this matter. We have reported the asylum seeker claims, broadcast the video showing burns and consistently sought more detail from witnesses and officials.”

Media statement from the ABC.

ABC Statement

The ABC, along with other national media, has been covering an important story about recent asylum seeker boats being turned around and investigating what occurred on board those boats. There have been allegations from asylum seekers that Navy personnel mistreated and caused injury to some of them – allegations that have been strongly denied. [Read more…]


Turnbull Announces Efficiency Study Of ABC And SBS

The Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced an efficiency study of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).

The terms of the reference for the study are shown below. They specifically exclude all matters relating to the broadcasters’ charters, editorial policies, advertising and program quality.

The study will be conducted by the Department of Communications, assisted by Peter Lewis, the former Chief Financial Officer of Seven West Media Limited. The study is required to be completed by April, prior to the May Budget.

A brief statement from the Managing Director of the ABC, Mark Scott, says: “The ABC has constantly reviewed its operations to deliver the best and most efficient return to Australian audiences. We have been in consultation with the Minister and will work with the Department and Mr Lewis on this new study.”

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Statement from Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Communications.

ABC and SBS Efficiency Study

The Department of Communications will conduct a study of the efficiency of the operations of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Special Broadcasting Service. Mr Peter Lewis, formerly Chief Financial Officer of Seven West Media Limited, will assist the Department in this work. [Read more…]


Tony Abbott Attacks ABC In Interview With 2GB’s Ray Hadley

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the ABC “instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s.”

Ray HadleyIn an interview with Sydney radio 2GB host Ray Hadley, Abbott criticised the ABC’s coverage of allegations by asylum seekers that Navy personnel burned their hands. He also criticised its coverage of Edward Snowden.

Abbott said: “I want the ABC to be a straight, news gathering and news reporting organisation and a lot of people feel at the moment that the ABC instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s.”

He went on: “Well, I was very worried and concerned a few months back when the ABC seemed to delight in broadcasting allegations by a traitor. This gentlemen Snowden, or this individual Snowden, who has betrayed his country and in the process has badly, badly damaged other countries that are friends of the United States and of course the ABC didn’t just report what he said they took the lead in advertising what he said… Look, you know if there’s credible evidence the ABC, like all other news organisations, is entitled to report it, but you shouldn’t leap to be critical of your own country and you certainly ought to be prepared to give the Australian Navy and its hardworking personnel the benefit of the doubt.” [Read more…]


Abbott Promises No Change To GST, No Cuts To Education, Health, Pensions, ABC Or SBS

On the eve of the federal election, Tony Abbott promised there would be no cuts to key services if the Coalition was elected.

Abbott was interviewed on the SBS News at 6.30pm on Friday, September 6, 2013.

He promised: “No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST, and no cuts to the ABC or SBS.”

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Unemployment Rate Increases 0.1% To 5.4%

Australia’s unemployment rate increased by 0.1% to 5.4% in December.

There was a small fall in full-time employment, offset by increased part-time employment. The participation rate was steady at 65.1%.

Employment Participation Minister Kate Ellis and Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey both commented on the figures. [Read more…]


Kevin Rudd’s Leadership Under Challenge

The challenge to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s leadership came on the evening of June 23, 2010.

The first we knew that Rudd’s 30-month prime ministership was at risk was this tweet from the ABC’s Chris Uhlmann at 7.00pm: [Read more…]