ABC’s drastic action requires full explanation
News reports this morning that ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie has been sacked by the ABC board require a full and detailed explanation according to Liberal Senator Eric Abetz.
“The dismissal of the Managing Director, seemingly without notice, requires a full and detailed explanation from the ABC Board,” Senator Abetz said.
“I am hopeful that the new Managing Director will ensure that that the Ultimo-centric broadcaster is more in line with the aspirations of Australians including by delivering benefit to the taxpayer, stopping the left-wing bias and bringing an end to the frolics masquerading as news and 'comedy' from some ABC employees.”
“I wish Ms Guthrie well for her future,” Senator Abetz concluded.
The greatest hits under Guthrie’s ABC include:
- The ABC’s own Editorial Head conceding that the ABC “didn’t do a good enough job” on not covering Keysar Trad’s comments condoning domestic violence. This followed MediaWatch exposing that the ABC gave basically no coverage of the issue;
- Former MediaWatch host Jonathon Holmes writing a scathing opinion piece pointing out the left wing bias of elements within the ABC and laying out the challenges for ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie to deal with the problem;
- Former Prime Minister Paul Keating saying that the ABC is “letting Australia down”;
- ABC’s Triple J decided to move the Hottest 100 from Australia Day;
- It was revealed that the ABC is spending almost $2 million per year to compete against the private sector with advertising on social media;
- Days after announcing job cuts, it was announced that the ABC would hire Osman Faruqi, a former Greens staffer and candidate to run a Junkee-like website;
- The ABC covered-up child sex abuse claims against one of its former employees, Mr Jon Stephens, including lawyering up and refusing to speak to the victim for months on end despite Mr Stephens pleading guilty in court;
- The creation of a new multi-million ‘lifestyle’ website specifically designed to compete with the private sector;
- The promotion of the oppressive Hijab with the commissioning of a programme hosted by former disgraced ABC employee Yasmin Abdel Magied called Hijabistas which failed to examine the fact that it is a tool of female oppression used throughout the world;
- And the list goes on.