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Australian news, and some related international items

The latest sally in the fight to further dumb down the ABC

Murdoch press hails the inquiry it demanded into ABC’s ‘privileged status’, Guardian, Amanda Meade  30 Mar 18, News Corp embraces competitive neutrality terms of reference. Plus: forget Bureaucracy Stop, meet Reveal Capture

 

The Coalition has handed Rupert Murdoch something his outlets have been lobbying for pretty hard recently: an inquiry into whether the public broadcasters are “using their privileged status to smother commercial operators”. That’s how the announcement of the terms of reference for a competitive neutrality inquiry was reported by the Australian this week.

Just nine months ago the Oz lined up Australia’s media giants to complain about the ABC cutting their grass by operating in the digital space or daring to buy award-winning programs like The Handmaid’s Tale – which, in hindsight, the commercial networks wished they had bothered to bid for.

“The ABC is crowding out and threatening the survival of commercial news organisations because it enjoys that privileged status and has become a state-funded player across every media channel in the digital age,” Oz media editor Darren Davidson wrote last year.

“That is the judgment not only of News Corp, publisher of the Australian, but of every other big commercial operator including Fairfax Media, Seven West Media and Nine Entertainment.”

 The inquiry, which will take six months to consult with national broadcasters, commercial media, advertisers and viewers, will include a call for public submissions.

For fans of The Handmaid’s Tale, season two returns to SBS TV on Thursday 26 April, and episodes will be available on SBS On Demand after they have aired.

Stop, it’s efficiency time

The ABC is of course no stranger to inquiries, either being subject to them or conducting them internally. We told you last week about Bureaucracy Stop, an initiative to cut red tape from the ABC’s chief technology officer, Helen Clifton.

Now from Michelle Guthrie’s right-hand woman, Louise Higgins, comes Efficiency Project and Reveal Capture.

“As you know, we are driving a number of key initiatives, including Bureaucracy Stop and the Efficiency Project,” Higgins, the chief financial officer, wrote to staff this week………https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/mar/30/murdoch-press-hails-the-inquiry-it-demanded-into-abcs-privileged-status?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

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March 31, 2018 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, media

1 Comment »

  1. Reblogged this on Living Small in a Big World and commented:
    Another attempt to hamstring the ABC – without their news reporting we would be living in a very different Australia.

    Comment by spicejac | April 3, 2018 | Reply


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