Communications and Arts Minister Mitch Fifield during a press conference in Canberra in June 2018. Over the last six years of Coalition government, there has been a lack of strong policy initiatives and a neglect of smaller arts organisations.
The Coalition government's approach to arts and culture policy has been one of ad hocism and neglect. Perhaps most serious has been the damage done to the Australia Council and the ABC.
According to new research, the ABC stands to lose A$783 million in total funding by 2022, unless steps are taken to reverse budget cuts.
Yes, the ABC received A$43.7 million to continue funding its 'enhanced news gathering' operation in the 2019 budget, but this is a drop in the bucket compared to how much it stands to lose.
The committee says it was not until Guthrie’s now famous dossier about Milne’s alleged interference came out in the Fairfax press that the rest of the board woke up to what had been going on.
A Senate inquiry report has found that while the broadcaster's board was aware of the deteriorating relationship between the chair and managing director, it did not make any further inquiries.
Deep Saini speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
It is hoped new ABC chair Ita Buttrose will bring “a touch of healing” to the public broadcaster.
With a long history in the media and public life, Ita Buttrose's appointment is a decision the government may have gotten right.
China is broadcasting to more than 1 billion people in several different languages, while Australia sits on its soft power reviews.
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.
Mindfulness can refer to a specific set of meditation practices, but its precise definition isn’t clear.
There can be many benefits in practising mindfulness. But it's not a way to relax or escape from your problems.
Both Labor and Coalition governments have had run-ins with the ABC.
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The national broadcaster has had a tumultuous history, targeted by both major parties at various times. No matter who takes office after the 2019 election, the ABC can never rest easy.
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.
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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.
The competitive neutrality report has given the ABC, and SBS, a clean bill of health.
An ACCC interim report is one of the most consequential documents for media policy in decades, while a government report finds both public broadcasters are acting in the public interest.
Fifield said he recognised the broadcasters’ charters were broad and.
allowed flexibility in how their boards implemented them.
The outcome will be disappointing to News Corp in particular which has
been highly critical of the ABC's expansion in online publishing.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has proposed a separate day to celebrate Indigenous Australians.
It was a week that saw the ABC's managing director and the chair of its board go, with many questions still to be answered; meanwhile Scott Morrison gave the ongoing controversy over Australia Day a new lease of life.
It has been a turbulent week for the ABC, with questions still to be answered, particularly by the board.
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.
Justin Milne, returning to his home in Sydney after resigning from his post as chairman of ABC.
The ABC chairman's resignation provides some resolution to the crisis, but a discussion is sorely needed about other threats to the broadcaster's independence.
Before Milne’s announcement Communications Minister Mitch Fifield.
conspicuously failed to back him when addressing reporters.
According to the report, Milne had said that if Guthrie didn't fire Probyn, she would be jeopardising half a billion dollars in funding for the proposed Jetstream infrastructure project.
Reports this week revealed that ABC Chairman Justin Milne called for a journalist to be fired after receiving complaints from the government.
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.
ABC staff call for chairman Justin Milne to step aside at a meeting on Wednesday.
Flaws in the ABC Act set up conflict and allow the government to pressure it.
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.
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.
Rolling cuts, plummeting morale and a hostile government - Michelle Guthrie had much to contend with as managing director.
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A former senior manager with the ABC laments the poor choice of Michelle Guthrie as managing director, leaving her - and the organisation - in an invidious position.