With reviews into the ABC underway on its competitive neutrality and its efficiency, Milne said that, echoing the past, some rivals urged the ABC should be banned from providing digital services and restricted to linear radio and television.
In a strong defence of the public broadcaster, its chairman has warned against clipping the ABC's digital wings and defended its place in preserving the nation's identity.
The government’s competitive neutrality inquiry will examine the online news services of public broadcasters ABC and SBS.
The focus raises questions about the motives behind the inquiry and how it might benefit anti-ABC crusaders, including Pauline Hanson.
Pauline Hanson’s support for media reforms requires increased scruntiny of public broadcasters.
Pauline Hanson's One Nation has won major measures to increase scrutiny of the ABC and potentially clip its wings.
Broadcaster Les Murray, who has passed away aged 71, was the archetypal team member.
Les Murray helped football transform itself from a predominantly migrant activity in Australia into what he loved to call 'the world game'.
A billabong on SBS website My Grandmother’s Lingo, which takes viewers on an interactive journey through the Marra language.
My Grandmother's Lingo
A beautiful interactive SBS online documentary puts the spotlight on Marra, an Indigenous language spoken fluently by just three people.
DNA Nation raises questions of genetics, identity and race.
The SBS documentary DNA Nation tracks three people on their 'individual genetic journey'. But for Indigenous Australians in particular, genetic testing is a can of worms - politically, ethically and technically.
Australia’s 2016 Eurovision contestant Dami Im performing with Conchita and Guy Sebastian in Sydney earlier this year.
Australia has struggled to forge cultural ties with the Asia-Pacific region. But SBS's deal to develop an Asian Eurovision could change this - there is more to the event than music, costume reveals and wind machines.
The placebo effect is real and powerful, despite it having a bad rap.
Doctors break no law in using a placebo, but may cross an ethical boundary in choosing not deceive a patient, or to facilitate a patient's self-deception.
We thought the phone hacking scandal would chasten News Corp. We were wrong.
Public broadcasting is a lot more than a safety net for commercial market failure.
Repeated surveys show that people value public broadcasters highly. But the political class isn't listening.
SBS Radio – now 40 years old – should draw on deep connections to its disparate language communities in Australia.
Its increasingly corporate model aligns with mainstream media organisations, but SBS Radio needs to retain its community advocacy role – in the current climate more than ever.
Journalists are often expected to engage with social media.
The recent sacking of an SBS journalist for controversial statements made on social media could inspire self-censorship amongst journalists.
Reporter Scott McIntyre lost his job with SBS following several controversial tweets on Anzac Day – but does the Fair Work Act protect the right to political expression?
Scott McIntyre's legal challenge against being sacked by SBS will be an interesting test of whether the Fair Work Act offers any safe haven for employees to maintain a personal and political identity.
Struggle Street was no more voyeuristic than any reality TV show of the last two decades.
The producers of this series are doing what public service media are tasked to do – making the marginal visible, including the excluded, putting poverty on the public agenda.
Poverty porn produces abjectifying images of the poor for privileged gratification.
The more privileged of us swear, fart and take drugs, just like the less privileged portrayed in the SBS show Struggle Street. But they don’t have exploitive documentaries being made about them.
‘Let me try and put sacked SBS sports journalist Scott McIntyre’s tweets in historical perspective.’
It is naïve to expect men to kill and die for their country, to live through the horrors of a particularly barbaric war, and to come out the other end unscathed – despite our popular myths.
Janice Petersen – one of the faces of World News Australia on SBS, which is facing accusations of ‘whitewashing’.
Journalism schools are full of first-generation students that fit the SBS charter’s directive to 'make use of Australia’s diverse creative resources' and 'reflect the changing nature of Australian society'.
Malcolm Fraser appeared more comfortable in the media gaze out of politics than in it.
Malcolm Fraser’s relationship with the Australian media waxed and waned, from enthusiasm, pragmatism and caution to something, in the end, approaching mutual respect and perhaps even affection.
Fraser defended and spoke up for the core Australian social and political values of a ‘fair go’ for all.
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas
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