New research shows that journalists tend to only resist government interference when they fear it will seriously damage their career prospects’.
However, the problem of combining the managing director and editor-in-chief roles remains, and these must be separated to preserve editorial independence.
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.
The merger signals the death of Fairfax, and is the most consequential change in Australian media ownership in 31 years.
The public broadcaster's editorial independence must be protected at all costs – from within and without.