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.
The ABC has, in general, been able to withstand the pressures and (less common) interventions of governments or media barons.
The history of the ABC reveals battles lost and won around censorship, concessions made in times of crisis and independence compromised or overturned.
The announced closure of ABC shops is part of its wider digital strategy.
While loyal customers will be upset by the closure of ABC shops, it makes more commercial sense to go online. But where will this digital strategy lead the ABC?
If one didn’t know better, one might think that right-of-centre governments in both Australia and the United Kingdom are working in lockstep to undermine the long-established and hugely popular public…
Tony Abbott’s ban on frontbenchers appearing on the ABC’s Q&A program remains in place – for now.
It is difficult to work out Tony Abbott’s strategy in his attacks on the ABC and Q&A. It appears to have been astonishingly cack-handed for a number of reasons.
There have been hints these last few days of a limited truce in the war of words and inquiries launched by the Coalition against the ABC’s Q&A. An apparent readiness to move the program to the news…
The ban on government frontbenchers appearing on Q&A will be lifted by the Prime Minister when the program is transferred into the news and current affairs department.
Tony Abbott on Friday told the ABC that ministers will appear again on Q&A if and when the program is brought under its news and current affairs umbrella.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is still unsure if he will be able to appear as scheduled on Q&A next Monday.
Has Q&A put some spell of madness over the government and their media mates?
Politicians who boycott media organisations with whom they disagree politically rarely come out looking good. UK Labour leader Neil Kinnock tried it with News Corp in Britain 25 years ago, and never won…
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is not planning any further action in relation to the ABC’s Q&A program.
A government report into the processes followed by the ABC's Q&A program has been released.
Calm before the storm – preparing for Q&A.
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Under wraps with my annual winter cold much of this week, I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on the Q&A/Zaky Mallah affair. I’ve read the angry columns and editorials, heard politicians declare their…
Zaky Mallah argued that the government’s policies play into the hands of ‘recruitment propaganda’ designed to appeal to alienated young Muslims.
It is important that we do not entirely dismiss Zaky Mallah's comments on Q&A. He sheds light on a seductive mechanism for young Muslims that is real.
ABC managing director Mark Scott said that the ABC was ‘on the side of Australia’.
The government has ordered its own inquiry and Tony Abbott has declared "heads should roll" as the row over Q&A escalated after the program was rebroadcast.
In Tony Abbott’s worldview, it seems, a person’s freedom of speech depends whose side they are on.
In all the politicking and government attacks on the ABC for giving a platform to former terror suspect Zaky Mallah, the free speech debate has become confused.
Malcolm Turnbull talks about the government’s new anti-online piracy measures, Zaky Mallah on Q&A, and much more.
Michelle Grattan talks to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull about the government's new anti-online piracy measures, Zaky Mallah on ABC's Q&A, gay marriage and much more.
Zaky Mallah’s inclusion on Q&A has received high criticism from members of the government.
Zaky Mallah, the former terrorism suspect at the centre of the Q&A storm, travelled to the studio in a free bus the program puts on to take audience members from Sydney's western suburbs
Q&A is in trouble again, following an unscripted intervention by a certain Zaky Mallah. In response to a comment by Coalition MP Steven Ciobo, Mallah – convicted of threatening to kill ASIO officials…
Kevin Rudd was portrayed as interfering, micro-managing and bullying in his first stint as prime minister – but some painted a different picture.
Whose "truth" best explains the implosion of the Rudd-Gillard Labor governments? Multiple "truths" are presented in the ABC's The Killing Season as we continue to pick over that era's debris.
Zaky Mallah created a stir on Q&A.
The ABC's decision to allow a well-known terrorist supporter to ask a question on Q&A was a mistake that potentially weakens the organisation's position against its many enemies in high places.
Kevin Rudd admits he might have leaked to Laurie Oakes damaging details of the meeting he and Gillard had on the night of the 2010 coup against him.
Kevin Rudd has said there was "no way in the world" he would have moved against Julia Gillard in June 2013 unless Bill Shorten and his group were with him.