ABC managing director Mark Scott’s recent speech to the National Press Club today had the quietly confident tone of a CEO who knows he’s leaving his organisation in broadly better shape than he found it…
The ABC is in the midst of something that’s very rare in media circles and rarer still in Canberra – a well-planned, warm-spirited CEO transition.
In a 2013 Monthly essay Eric Beecher warned of a looming “civic catastrophe” for Australia if the decline of newspapers continued as it had been in the preceding years. The Australian’s report on a Fairfax…
Keith Murdoch (right) with Prime Minister Billy Hughes during the first world war.
Tom D.C. Roberts has crafted a book full of remarkable insights into a central figure in Australian corporate and political history, a figure hitherto enveloped in family mythology: Keith Murdoch.
In a recent piece for The Guardian, environmental journalist and activist George Monbiot lamented the poor state of environmental journalism globally. He points to the massive conflagration now occurring…
The secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Michael Thawley, wants the public service to open its doors to the outside world.
Michael Thawley, surprised at finding so many closed doors – requiring swipe cards – when he became secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, has now opened most of the internal ones…
Leadership struggles are between ostensible allies.
In leadership contests in particular, the media’s role is often markedly different from the competition between parties.
The SBS series Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl traced, in part, early community responses to Lebanese-Muslim settlement in Australia.
The trick for the jihadist recruiter is to find someone whose alienation will run the gamut to murder, usually by providing an affirmative role model that speaks to their unease.
As communications minister, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stated that real innovation in digital media was within the ABC’s charter.
Former prime ministers Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott have in common highly negative views about the media, according to ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson.
Peter Dutton claimed that journalists should be ‘objective reporters of the news’.
Journalists commonly make three errors when it comes to speaking about objectivity in their craft.
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It might be thought a tad ironic that Tony Abbott, having benefited so much from the cheerleading of the News Corp tabloids in his rise to the prime ministership, should now appear to blame the “febrile…
Wilfred Burchett’s career should be judged on all his achievements and not reduced to a single solitary story.
Wilfred Burchett wrote stories about war that the Australian and US governments preferred not to be told. For this, he paid the price.
We thought the phone hacking scandal would chasten News Corp. We were wrong.
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.
In the Press Council’s annual report, his last as chair, Julian Disney has made clear his views on News Corp’s conduct and its hostility to the Press Council.
If the chair of the newspaper self-regulator can’t get effective redress, what hope is there for the less powerful in society?
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.
The entry into the market of new media and new players hasn’t altered the value of local content for people in regional and rural Australia.
Some of the bush tales about regional news that are circulating in the ongoing debate about media reform need to be debunked.
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.
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.