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China is broadcasting to more than 1 billion people in several different languages, while Australia sits on its soft power reviews. Screenshot/YouTube

As Australia’s soft power in the Pacific fades, China’s voice gets louder

Soft power is a country's ability to gain influence through attraction. Australia's soft power in the Pacific began waning when it axed the Australia Network in 2014. And China is filling the gap.
The 2015 movie Spotlight portrayed how journalists at the Boston Globe uncovered child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. But not all ‘investigative journalism’ is as rigorous. IMDB/Open Road Film

How ‘access journalism’ is threatening investigative journalism

A new form of journalism, dubbed "access journalism" is creeping into the media, and its reliance on allegations and lack of evidence poses a serious threat.
Tabling the report, Fifield revealed Milne had told him on September. 12 that the board did not believe Guthrie was best placed to lead the organisation, and that he would be telling her that next day. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull did not suggest ABC sack journalists: report

Mrdak, who interviewed both Milne and Guthrie, said they had no doubt the government was “very concerned at the issues of opinion and accuracy and editorial standards raised” in the several pieces.
It has been a turbulent week for the ABC, with questions still to be answered, particularly by the board. Shutterstock

Grattan on Friday: ABC’s challenge is to ‘keep calm and carry on’

After a dramatic week at the ABC that sees them without a permanent managing director nor a chair, there remain serious questions about government interference and the broadcaster's independence.
Reports this week revealed that ABC Chairman Justin Milne called for a journalist to be fired after receiving complaints from the government. Joel Carrett/AAP

How ABC chairman Justin Milne compromised the independence of the national broadcaster

The ABC Act clearly states the board is duty-bound to 'maintain the independence and integrity' of the broadcaster. Milne's actions appear to have compromised both values.
In a text message exchange with ABC radio presenter Rafael Epstein, Mr Milne said “yes” when asked if he intended to remain in the role. Joel Carrett/AAP

Government sets up inquiry into embattled ABC chairman’s email

The ABC affair – which began with the sacking of Guthrie - spun out of control on Wednesday, following the leaking to Fairfax Media of a highly damaging email, showing Milne's editorial interference.
Former ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie looking toward a different future earlier this year at the ABC’s first Annual Public Meeting. JOEL CARRETT/AAP

Media Files: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie sacked, but the board won’t say why

ABC boss Michelle Guthrie sacked, but the board won’t say why. The Conversation37.5 MB (download)
ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie was sacked today, despite being less than halfway through her five-year term. The major question is: why? Today on the podcast, we explore the possibilities.
Michelle Guthrie has been criticised for not standing up for the organisation sufficiently, and for her lack of journalistic experience. AAP/Julian Smith

ABC board sacks managing director Michelle Guthrie

In a blunt statement, the ABC board has announced the end of Guthrie's tenure as managing director, declaring it was "not in the best interests" of the organisation for her to continue leading it.
Evie Macdonald in First Day (2017), which won a prestigious children’s television award earlier this year. Epic Films

Why it’s time to end the policy limbo threatening Australian children’s TV

Amid endless reviews into the future of local screen content, uncertainty reigns on issues such as the impact of Netflix, the fate of local content quotas and funding for original children's TV.

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