The industry minister resigned his position after refusing to seek and disclose the names of an anonymous donor to his recent legal costs.
Christian Porter’s ministerial future is again on the line, with Scott Morrison seeking advice on whether his receiving money for his legal bills from a “blind trust” breaches the ministerial standards code.
Serious allegations cannot just be left swinging in the breeze as ‘unproven’ when the initiating process that hangs them out there is your own investigation.
Journalists should be permitted to express themselves on social media. As this week illustrates, though, doing so can lead to a dilemma for their employers.
Bangarra Dance Theatre dancers Bradley Smith and Rika Hamaguchi perform during a Sydney Festival media call in January. Some festival shows were cancelled due to COVID clusters.
The government needs to address the whole ecosystem of the arts, increasing funding to the Australia Council so individual artists and small organisations get adequate support.
Christian Porter on Monday gave notice that he’s determined to stage a fightback, however damaged his ministerial career might appear at the moment.
Porter claims even though he wasn’t named in the ABC article, he was easily identifiable to many Australians. For the ABC, the defences to defamation are notoriously difficult to establish.
Journalists need to have the facts to support not just what they say explicitly, but what their work implies.
The ABC not only had a right, but it also had an obligation, to air a story that speaks to ministerial misconduct when it breaches standards set by prime ministers.
The moment Lester Holt of NBC News cut into a statement from President Donald Trump.
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When President Trump claimed in a press conference that the election was being stolen from him, three major TV networks cut off their coverage. A media scholar asks if this is a turning point.
The ABC could build a social media service to replace Facebook - but it doesn’t have the funding, resources or political support to do so.
Bangarra Dance Theatre
The amount going to arts and culture is a pimple to a pumpkin compared to what’s being pumped into the economy as a whole.
The news Foxtel received a speedy funding boost as the ABC faces another round of damaging cost cuts will raise eyebrows. And questions about how we spend taxpayers’ money.
The daily morning bulletin from a trusted news source reached Australians far and wide, giving them quality information for the day.
As the Murdochs again hit the small screen in the documentary The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty, it’s worth considering: what is our fascination with this family?
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The departure of journalist Emma Alberici from the national broadcaster is the latest example of the ABC being unable or unwilling to push back against hostile governments.
If the ACCC takes one of the tech giants to court for breach of the code, the penalty could be more than $10 million.
The past month has shown just how much diversity in media matters. But there is no quick fix – sustained, multi-pronged initiatives are required to bring more diverse journalists into the industry.
The national broadcaster has announced more cuts to its services, including 250 job losses and the axing of the major 7:45am news bulletin. It is the latest in a long line of blows to the ABC.
Since 2014, the ABC has lost $783 million in funding. It has now been announced another 250 jobs will go, further gutting the broadcaster and posing a serious threat to our democracy.