Are these really the people we trust to bring us the news?

I get to the papers at the end of the day and when I saw the story that the “ABC’s Scott warns on News Corp’s position of power” on page 5 of today’s AFR, I went searching back through all of the other normal websites to see if anyone else had focused on this story but it seems not. It appears that whatever may be Mr Scott’s strengths, irony is not amongst them. The first two paras of the story:

ABC managing director Mark Scott hit out at Rupert and Lauchlan Murdoch’s News Corporation, arguing its newspapers have been never been [sic] more assertive in exercising their power through “aggressive editorial positioning”.

In a carefully worded attack, Mr Scott claimed News’s share of newspaper sales in Australian capital cities could rise from “70 per cent” to “80 per cent” and predicted that print titles which survive the digital revolution will be more powerful than ever.

Although this has been pointed out on endless occasions, he apparently still cannot see the difference between the number of newspapers and the number of readers. For the kinds of things Scott would like to concentrate on and see published, there is still The Green-Left Review which is another title although one without the circulation of The Australian say. Thus, two titles but a different number of readers. Should not be all that hard to see the difference or even why that is. But then Mr Scott entered a zone of his own with the following:

He also predicted a rise in ideologically slanted news.

He is predicting this! This is the future someday but not yet! What a discerning mind he has! A national treasurer without a doubt. From someone at the ABC to say this is beyond the realms of normal out-to-lunchness and into some kind of stratospheric zone previously never encountered. But meanwhile back at the ABC ranch house:

Mr Scott defended the ABC’s role and hit back at allegations of a left-wing bias at the corporation as it braces for the Abbott government’s May budget.

One can only hope that the aftershocks he is bracing for will be even beyond anything he is capable of imagining today.

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78 Responses to Are these really the people we trust to bring us the news?

  1. JC

    Mr Scott defended the ABC’s role and hit back at allegations of a left-wing bias at the corporation as it braces for the Abbott government’s May budget.

    What an objectionable fucking liar. Fire the bastard and see the end of him.

    The reason why he’s hitting back is because of News Ltd’s recent attack on Leftwing zombie, Paul Barry who seems to have some serious conflict of interest. It was wonderful to watch, pure Alinsky in strategy. News isolated Barry and had numerous scribes going after him ripping the dishonest prick a new arse.

  2. Bribie John

    Hypocricy writ large!!

  3. JC

    Yep, I had to.

    @TheRealPBarry Hey Paul, I’m guessing since New Ltd ripped u a new arsehole u have no problems with constipation, right? U conflicted douche

  4. JC

    @TheRealPBarry Oh and are you walking properly or did u end up in rehab?

  5. JC

    @mscott Yea that’s right Mark. News should lay down like cheap hookers to ABC hard left snipers. Big mistake thinking that..Huge mistake.

  6. Carpe Jugulum

    Yep, I had to.

    I laughed out loud at that (p1ssfunny)

  7. do any newspaper make any money anymore?

    Leigh and Gans published How Partisan is the Press? Multiple Measures of Media Slant in THE ECONOMIC RECORD MARCH, 2012, 127–147.

    They employed several different approaches to find that the Australian media are quite centrist, with very few outlets being statistically distinguishable from the middle of Australian politics.

    The minor exceptions were the ABC channel 2 and perhaps the Melbourne Age in its news slant in the 2004 election. Their media slants were small.

    Australian newspapers tended to endorse the coalition in the federal elections from 1996 to 2007 although The Australian backed the ALP in 2007! I agree that this was a serious lapse of judgement.

    The editorial endorsements series should have been longer because some newspapers back winners just before they become winners and oppose the re-election of tiered and smelly governments.

    Murdoch makes making himself the new best friend of the next Prime minister his business strategy.

  8. H B Bear

    Mark Scott is a laughing stock. The impotent flak catcher and apologist for the staff collective.

    Spigelman gets it – and Scott doesn’t even think there is a problem.

  9. Baldrick

    Why should it concern Scott what Murdoch puts in his papers. Murdoch is after all head of a private company that gets no taxpayer funding.

    What really matters is what Scott allows to be aired on a taxpayer funded behemoth that he controls. If he and his mates want to air their leftist ideological views then let them do so at their own expense – not mine.

    Dearest Tony, please grown some balls and sack the prick!

  10. JC

    Rose:

    Do you understand what you read or simply plagiarize most things? The Leigh and Gans “research” found the ABC to be slanting right. You get that? It was never research in the true sense of the word but a vehicle by Leigh, in my opinion, to ingratiate himself with the Liars party.

  11. Gab

    Report the news? The ABC? Ahahahahahaha.

    The ABC is the Labor/Green propaganda unit and could teach the Labour Daily – run by the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of North Korea – a thing or two about brainwashing techniques.

  12. entropy

    Jim, was that the study that concluded that the ABC was biased towards the right? I suggest refraining from using it to bolster an argument.

  13. JC

    You ought to get a life time ban for posting that disgusting stuff, Rose. Leigh’s ABC is right wing is considered trolling around here.

  14. Luke

    May budget? This ball-less government will fully fund the ABC. Malcom will make sure of it.

    They really don’t get it and still hope one day to win over the likes of the ABC crowd.

  15. H B Bear

    Careful JC. I don’t think you can get away saying those things about Snic’s love-child. Even if he is away on holiday.

  16. Mark Scott is dilusional!

    As decison makers such as he, make the decisions they do, on the content they publich and broadcast?… More an more people will seek alternatives and find content such as the CatalaxyFiles! :)

    Is he not observing what is happening in the USA? which we tend to follow in some guise or another.

    Fox, Alex Jones, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, The Genesis Communication Network to mention just the few I know are rating their clackers off, while CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC etc. are going hungry.

    There is a pattern there. As soon as Fairfax and the ABC get out of the way, the more diversity we will have. The distribution of their audience will spawn an audience for alternatives!

    You’re the problem Mark, not Rupert!

  17. Toiling Mass

    Why should it concern Scott what Murdoch puts in his papers. Murdoch is after all head of a private company that gets no taxpayer funding.

    The fact that News is able to write stuff without a captured statutory body directing is what he thinks is the problem.

  18. Toiling Mass

    There is going to be a new pay channel called “BBC First”. Someone told me this is where the BBC will be sending their new programs, rather than the ABC.

    I so hope this is true.

  19. Beertruk

    Mr Scott claimed News’s share of newspaper sales in Australian capital cities could rise from “70 per cent” to “80 per cent” and predicted that print titles which survive the digital revolution will be more powerful than ever.

    The penny hasn’t dropped for the brain dead idiot. People buy News Corp papers because they are sick of the one sided garbage put out by the APLBC and Fairfaux.

  20. JC

    @mscott @rupertmurdoch Hey Rupert, taxeater Scott is dissing your papers for being biased, unlike public funded ABC. ABC aren’t biased lol.

  21. Myrddin Seren

    Mark Scott is dilusional !

    I have treasured this insight and rolled it out here at The Cat more than once.

    From Hendo’s MWD No: 15 back in 2009:

    MARK SCOTT AS TARGET

    Meanwhile a MWD reader has forwarded a copy of the North Shore Times of 10 June. A report by Andrew Priestley reveals that the ABC managing director Mark Scott was attending a council meeting at Knox Grammar School in Sydney when Craig Reucassel entered the school property. This particular Chaser stunt focused on allegations of serious sexual abuse by teachers which is said to have occurred at Knox in the 1980s.

    Here”s how the North Shore Times reported the incident:

    The Chaser”s War on Everything team has given ABC managing director Mark Scott a few grey hairs, not least when they turned up at his alma mater.

    “While The Chaser were doing a skit set at Knox Grammar School, I was there at a council meeting. That”s the irony of life,” he said. “They”re good fellas, even though they do send me grey.” While Mr Scott was in the council meeting, Craig Reucassel walked into the school carrying a box labelled “naked boys inside”, asking bemused staff to sign for the package.

    The Chaser, Mr Scott said, was an example of fearless and confronting broadcasting that made the ABC what it was.

    In which case, why demote Amanda Duthie? The fact is that ABC management has been approving The Chaser”s behaviour – including trespass on private property and jokes aimed at the disabled, the unfortunate and the uneducated – for eons. The ABC apparently believes that sexual assault of young boys is a suitable theme for Chaser humour. Why is this so different from laughing at the imminent death of young boys and girls with terminal cancer?

    So Mark Scott will back his Chaser ‘Boys’ even when they seek to satirise p@dophilia – at his old school; where Scott sat on the council as some sort of officer; and where I think at least one of his kids was attending.

    The fact that the ABC board chose to to ignore behaviour that would have any private enterprise CEO sacked with extreme prejudice shows the utter dysfunction of the whole place.

  22. Sir Fred Lenin

    Scott. Another deluded arrogant rich socialist,the alpbc would be lucky to get 5/10 per cent of listeners and viiewers, before it was hijacked by the alp/green communists it had at least twice that many.I must be getting old,I remember when people used to read the age ,and listen to the abc as it was then.thise narxist batchlers of yarts done a good job of subverting it ,and howard didnt try to stop it ,turnbull is no improvment.

  23. Gab

    That would be Mark Scott ($773,787).

  24. duncanm

    It isn’t really consequential what Mark Scott thinks about private media.

    The thing is, if he has an opinion on it, it is a serious conflict of interest for him to voice that opinion.

    His role is to run the ABC according to its charter. MT better be having a serious quiet word to the board about this and other transgressions. If they don’t act, he must.

  25. cohenite

    From a 2010 Bolt column:

    First is writer Marieke Hardy, the only 34-year-old Australian woman still in pigtails, who this week tweeted: “Tony Abbott, I hope your c— drops off and falls down a plughole.”

    Second is writer and comic Daniel Burt, who this week tweeted this about the Opposition Leader’s deputy: “Call it maturity, but I have officially lost the desire to hate f— Julie Bishop.”

    And third is Catherine Deveny, another writer and comic, who tweeted this about Family First candidate Wendy Francis: “Get f—– you frigid mole. With a crucifix if possible.”

    You’re right! All three barbarians have been hired and promoted by the ABC, once thought of as our cultural standard bearer, and not pallbearer.

    This has been going on a long time. Does anyone see any sign that the bloviating Turnbull will do anything about?

  26. iamok

    Jeez I am so over Scott and the ABC. This is about taxpayers propping up a totally biased and anti (current) govt undermining, including extensive selective reporting.

    Abbott and young Malcolm MUST stop the rot from this rot. Many people take the ABC at face value and accept the lines of non-bias and anti Murdoch, anti progress, anti Abbott. If you want to read or hear about that view go buy it with your own money (as you do with Murdoch rags) but leave me with my money to make my choice.

  27. Andrew

    Scott predicts the near death of leftist meeja.

    Predicts that 80% of the population will prefer the News corp papers to the tripe the other 70% of the country’s mastheads put out. (So he’s not TOTALLY brain dead then – that means he has to be doing it on purpose).

  28. JMH

    My advice to this current Government. Do something constructive to bring this disgraceful behemoth to heel. We want action, not platitudes. I further advise – you have one chance only. Failure to listen to ‘the people’ will be reflected at the Ballot Box at the next Federal Election. You have received fair warning.

    Scott – do the country a favour and fall on your sword. (NADT)

  29. Bruce of Newcastle

    He also predicted a rise in ideologically slanted news.

    Its a problem everywhere in the West. I read this article about an allegedly corrupt Californian state senator today. Here’s a large snippet:

    This all sounds like news. You’ve got charges of huge bribes, rampant hypocrisy, illegal weapons and even a connection with foreign terrorists — and from a leading politician in an important state.

    But — and here’s the part Hollywood would miss — outside of local media like San Francisco magazine, the coverage was surprisingly muted.The New York Times buried the story as a one-paragraph Associated Press report on page A21, with the bland dog-bites-man headline, “California: State Senator Accused of Corruption.” This even though Yee was suspended, along with two others, from the California state senate in light of the indictment.

    CNN, home (also until last week) of Piers Morgan, whom Yee had praised for his anti-gun activism, didn’t report the story at all. When prodded by viewers, the network snarked that it doesn’t do state senators. Which is odd, because searching the name of my own state senator, Stacey Campfield, turns up a page of results, involving criticisms of him for saying something “extreme”. Meanwhile, CNN found time to bash Wisconsin state senator and supporter of Gov. Scott Walker, Randy Hopper over marital problems.

    But there’s a difference. They’re Republicans. When Republicans do things that embarrass their party, the national media are happy to take note, even if they’re mere state senators. But when Democrats like Yee get busted for actual felonies, and pretty dramatic ones at that, the press suddenly isn’t interested.

    So a lot of the MSM are no longer news outlets, they are partisan warriors. No wonder blogs are so popular for conservatives when you have behaviour like this.

    The difference of course is the ABC is funded by my involuntary taxes. I do not have to subscribe to CNN or the NYT nor even the Silly or the Phage. But I have no choice but pay sneering Mark Scott’s salary.

    Is it any wonder we call for the ABC to be spayed with extreme prejudice? I want them gone. I want them defunded. I will compromise by accepting their privatisation and removal from the public teat, since at least I wouldn’t have to pay for these disgusting creeps anymore.

  30. incoherent rambler

    Scott is not the problem. The responsible minister is the problem and if he remains a problem, then the PM is problem.

    The wanker monosexual we have for a minister, if you recall, thinks Mr Scott is doing a wonderful job.

  31. john constantine

    fifteen billion dollars will go on public broadcasting in the next decade if nothing is done.

    they need to be freed from the collar of government enslavement.

    set the slaves of the abc free to editorialise as they know best,to mock and attack their targets as they desire……..and set the australian public free to benefit from the diversity of broadcasting when the crushing dead weight of taxpayer funded socialism stops constipating the media ‘conversation’

  32. blogstrop

    Scott is not the problem.
    No, the whole of the ABC, or near enough to, is the problem. A lot of the commercial TV people are wayward as well, since it goes with the arts/media territory. You might as well face the fact that 80% of the media is trying its hardest to ensure a Labor government is elected every time, and only when Labor/Green stuff really stinks do the public expel them, regardless.

  33. Scott is not the problem. The responsible minister is the problem

    I beg to differ. Scott is indeed part of the problem, but the responsible minister is also a large part of the problem; nearly all the staff too are part of the problem; and the overall, smugly self-satisfied “progressive” values of the ABC are part of the problem.
    Sacking Scott and Turnbull is the essential first step before flogging the assets and booting the staff (or vice versa), razing the buildings to the ground, sowing the fields with salt, and condemning the entire organisation to damnatio memoriae.

  34. Ros

    Further to Myrddin’s quote from Scott in 2009, Scott attacking Rupert and James moves to start charging for online reporting
    “classic style of an old empire, of empire in decline”

    I wonder if he remembers making that prediction? I think not. The guy is a genius. How on earth did he rise to where he is.

  35. entropy

    I would like to see figures on the annual budget of the major media corps in Australia. Bet ABC is right up there.

  36. Rabz

    I heartily concur with the views expressed by the commenters in this thread.

    It’s mantra time, peoples.

    P.S. Forget about IT, Scott’s the one who appears to have ingested vast quantities of psychotropic drugs.

  37. jupes

    Does anyone see any sign that the bloviating Turnbull will do anything about?

    No.

    My solution is to give Morrison two years 265 days to fix the boats, then sack Turnball and give Morrison 100 days to fix the ABC.

  38. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Scott needs to be pulled in, but Blogstrop is right, the whole edifice of the ABC is littered with leftism, as is much of the current media. We just subjected ourselves to Michalef’s ‘Mad as Hell’, and don’t ask me why, because we vowed never again the last time. Some masochistic trait, a hope or belief that somehow this generation in the audience might have something to do with us, and what the feck are they on about laughing their heads off at such blatant manipulation and one-sidedness? Whatever. Completely over it now.

    Not. Even. Remotely. Funny.
    Apply Rabz’s mantra.

    Fire. Them. All.
    Shut. Them. Down.

  39. Ivan Denisovich

    I think these attacks on News Corp are motivated by fear of what might lie in store for Their ABC in the upcoming budget and carefully calculated by Scott to pressure the Government into maintaining the status quo or, at least, minimising any cuts. He’s trying to establish a narrative that casts any budgetary cuts to Their ABC as the Coalition pandering to the evil giant Murdoch.

  40. stackja

    Are these really the people we trust to bring us the news?

    No!

  41. JMH

    I cannot see why Abbott – who is well aware of Lord Wentworth’s fluffiness when it comes to the ABC – just doesn’t create a Public Broadcaster portfolio, drop the ABC and SBS into it and immediately punt it to Morrison, the most outstanding performer within the Coalition.

    If this disgraceful ABC situation remains unchanged after the May Budget – then I think we, collectively, must increase the pressure. Turnbull has to show some spine. I doubt he can manage anything close to that where the ABC is concerned.

  42. Robbo

    Scott sits on top of a pile of low class incompetent employees who are unfit for employment elsewhere in the media, except perhaps Fairfax, and issues his warnings of political bias by the Murdoch Group without seeing the irony. Just another example of the loony tunes world in which everyone at the ABC lives. I sincerely hope that the coming Federal budget sets in train the dismantling of this hopeless left wing sheltered workshop. If the Board of this disgraceful organisation is not prepared to do something to force its staff to comply with the charter under which it operates, and there is no doubt that it has failed miserably so to do, then it is incumbent on the Government to step up to the plate and force changes that are necessary and well overdue.

  43. incoherent rambler

    Deadman, my point being that if you get rid of Scott then the monosexual will simply replace him with something worse.

  44. Jc, how do size maximising bureaucracies do to secure their funding

  45. Notafan

    Isn’t really making it very clear that very few Australians watch or listen to the ABC? Keep funding or Rupert will rule the world. Ignore free will and consumer choice.
    Only the ABC really knows what is good for the people.

  46. IQ

    One simple change is all it will take to fix what ails the ABC.

    Remove Turnbull and replace him with Scott Morrison. The luvvies would be spraying urine about the place at the mere announcement.

  47. Yes, incoherent rambler, and my point is that we must get rid of the managing director, the board, the minister, and the entire partisan organisation—from top to bottom, root and branch, ab ovo usque ad mala, soup to nuts, utterly and altogether—completely.

  48. DrBeauGan

    Incoherent, I think you mean autosexual, not monosexual.

  49. johanna

    The ABC continually runs with the fox and hunts with the hounds on this issue. On one hand, they justify broadcasting stuff that nobody watches/listens to because of their “Charter.” On the other, they cite their rare commercial successes as proof of how they are in touch with your average Aussie. Neither argument is convincing.

    My admiration for Rupert increases every time they attack him. He has really got them scared. Notice how they never lay a finger on Fairfax, or Morry Schwartz, or any of their other competitors for the inner-city latte sipping market? No need, when your cash flow is guaranteed courtesy of taxpayers.

  50. Le Chiffre

    The only solution is the Rabz Doctrine:

    Shut. It. Down.
    Fire. Them. All.

  51. Well, DrBeauGan, let’s keep to Latin-Latin instead of these horrid Graeco-Latin hybrids and have either ipsosexual or autophile.

  52. Leigh Lowe

    Steve, your headline poses the question …

    Are these really the people we trust to bring us the news?

    On the off-chance this is not a rhetorical question ….. No, I fucking don’t trust them.

  53. johanna

    I would bet my house that if the franchise was restricted to ABC employees, Labor would have won in a landslide, and Green representation would have increased.

  54. nerblnob

    There is going to be a new pay channel called “BBC First”. Someone told me this is where the BBC will be sending their new programs, rather than the ABC.

    I so hope this is true.

    Very true. They’ve done a deal with Fox for comedy and drama. On the other hand, better drama is being made by ITV (commercial channels) in the UK these days.

  55. JC

    Jc, how do size maximising bureaucracies do to secure their funding

    You tell me, Rose.

  56. C.L.

    He is predicting this! This is the future someday but not yet!

    What an asshole.

  57. why is the ABC special in terms of the degree of bureaucratic discretion it might have over those the decide its budget and the median voter’s willingness to support that budget?

    see,for a nice summary, THE ECONOMIC THEORY OF BUREAUCRACY: INSIGHTS FROM THE NISKANIAN MODEL AND THE MISESIAN APPROACH at https://mises.org/journals/qjae/pdf/qjae12_3_4.pdf

  58. egg_

    There is going to be a new pay channel called “BBC First”. Someone told me this is where the BBC will be sending their new programs, rather than the ABC.

    Beebs World and Beebs First should pretty much make Aunty redundant – if you want indoctrination – you’re free to subscribe any time you like!

  59. egg_

    Are these really the people we trust to bring us the news?

    The Green-Left Weekly News brought to you by Joe Public?
    No thanks.

  60. mareeS

    BBC First is advertising all over Foxtel. Best programs are apparently going to payTV before ABC. Poor Auntie (sob). Losers without Fox will be clinging to ABC24.

  61. nerblnob

    These are the programs already acquired by Fox:
    A Young Doctor’s Notebook – based on Bulgakov novel, might be good
    Dead Boss – never seen. Comedy allegedly.
    The Fall (season 2) – Belfast detective thrillers. Good.
    The Fear – never seen.
    Luther – already popular, this should be the big ratings puller. Idris Elba cop in London psycho crime series.
    The Musketeers – All 4 won, 1-4 all.
    The Village – interminable WW1 homefront miseryfest
    Wallander (season 4) – English version of Swedish detective with K. Branagh. Boring, beige.
    Banished – new Aus/UK co-production based convict drama. No doubt showing the origins of Australia’s world-beating racism, misogyny and inhumanity to refugees and trees.

  62. Notafan

    Luther is weak, PC and dull, the UKs TV drama palls next to that produced by the likes of HBO.
    Wallander is beige, just like Sweden though someone should make an English language version of the Martin Beck series.

  63. nerblnob

    Luther is weak, PC and dull

    Don’t watch it, dunno, but I do know it’s popular.

    The success of HBO etc proves that (voluntary!) subscription TV can make good programs, but obviously there is a critical mass in the USA which means that small percentages can be big numbers.

    As far as I know, all the main daily print papers in Australia lose money. At least Murdoch is a generational newspaperman with a feeling for the business, unlike the millionaire backers of the Guardian, UK Independent, and the shortlived Global Mail. Those complaining about News Corp’s dominance seem to think they should withdraw from teh market after reaching 40% of readership, or whatever their magic number is this week.

  64. Aussieute

    As the 64th poster here my observation is there is really nothing to discuss.

    It’s blindly obvious what needs to be done, whose heads need to roll and what the next steps need to be.

    Sack the board and the CEO immediately
    Immediately cut the budget by 25% and remove the foreign broadcasting crap from the airwaves
    Keep on with 25% reduction on a year in year out basis until they honor the terms of the Act under which they operate.

    Ok I’m gonna get howled down by not adopting the trash it all now approach
    A death of 1,000 cuts along with the squealing of the entitled staff is what I’m going to love to hear.
    They can all go to Fauxfacts and sink it quicker or go set up their own collective under another structure.

    The Rural staff are the only ones who are holding up as being credible as journalists. I’ve had a bit to do with them recently about a major issue, as well as the MSM “rural” reporters. The ABC Rural were adults, totally informed up to date with the real facts and hard nosed and probing with their questions. The rest had no idea. Oh and the rest included the city luvvies who yet again proved their abject ignorance.

    My 10 year old granddaughter interviewed me on the same issue for a school project and she ran rings around the MSM/”commercial” fools.

  65. Blogstrop

    We live in the new age of communication, and thankfully have plenty of alternative sources of information. The abject record of the ABC in it’s coverage or lack of coverage of things depending on whether they fit its narrative, their selective laundry list of topics to put on high rotation, their warping of Q&A, their bevvy of attack fems in all current affairs fora, their spinning of all political coverage, adds up to a malignacy that has to be canned as a whole becuase they are no more reformable than the Labor/union movement, the Greens, or Islam.
    The rural reporters might be the pick of the bunch, but there remains no reason for the government to fund radio and TV, or internet services. The argument for privatisation or simple defunding – even if gradual – is compelling. Those still defending the ABC are either leftists or vague-out knitters for peace. Or ball-deficient pollies.

  66. Rabz

    Nerbs, there was a British drama from back in the eighties called The Fear about the rise of a London organised crime gang. It was bloody fantastic.

    If this isn’t the original I’m wondering if it might be a remake. UKTV used to run the original occasionally.

  67. CatAttack

    I saw The drum yesterday with Anthony Green banging on about the domination by Murdoch in certain markets. To some extent it is true that MSM still set the political agenda but it is becoming less so. It is possible for someone to get their news in Brisbane from the ABC, Guardian and Facebook posts from the Greens and not hear a single word from Murdoch. The Murdoch control meme is becoming a bit of a hoary old chestnut.

  68. nerblnob

    Rabz, I found this:

    The Fear, a bold, edgy drama following a former crime boss as his empire is brought to its knees by the disintegration of his criminal mind, starring Peter Mullan and Richard E. Grant

    Could be related. As far as I understand, the idea of BBC First is that you get new stuff for your money.

    If the ABC would cut back to one TV channel , and a few radio stations including a decent overseas service, I’d support it. Sometimes in absentia I laugh at you guys’ objections then I visit Australia and am astonished at the naked bias on shows like Q&A.

    My favourite though, was some book review programme discussing The Midwich Cuckoos and it seemed obvious that their discussion was leading them toward the scariness of groupthink when one chin-stroking slacker said “Yeah, I’m thinking … climate change deniers” and everyone nodded solemnly, some shuddering as they did so.

    Everything they’d said up to that point was pointing in the opposite direction. And these were supposed to be intellectuals?

  69. CatAttack

    Do you reckon Snowcone ever feels even slightly embarrassed when Q&A panelists are so overwhelmingly one sided that it essentially constitutes harassment for the one poor token liberal / conservative left over. Witness The Tim Wilson fiasco on Monday. I’d love to hear their production meetings and how they decide on who comes on.

  70. Rabz

    The Fear, a bold, edgy drama following a former crime boss as his empire is brought to its knees by the disintegration of his criminal mind, starring Peter Mullan and Richard E. Grant

    Interesting. Incidentally, the actor who played the ‘crime boss’ in the original version of The Fear is Daenerys’ right hand man in Game of Thrones.

  71. egg_

    The only solution is the Rabz Doctrine:

    Shut. It. Down.
    Fire. Them. All.

    When’s he going to be made the LNP’s ABC policy adviser FFS?

  72. john constantine

    abc rural radio this morning informed me in a restrained,but scornful tone,that herr doktor treasury had ‘lobbed a grenade’ into the government budget,and ‘raised the spectre’ of the consequences of budget failings. then ran a sound bite of the government in denial of raising the gst. then ran a story of the liberal senators facing the corruption commission over his links to australian water holdings,and the 20 million he stood to make.

    the abc doesn’t even realise it is possible to do better,the abc feels that raising peoples awareness to abc levels through endless conversation is just so important that journalism must make way for saving the planet.

  73. dover_beach

    The only solution is the Rabz Doctrine:

    Shut. It. Down.
    Fire. Them. All.

    No, no, I’ve always like the IT doctrine: loading them into a cannon and firing them into the sea/ or wall.

  74. Rabz

    No, no, I’ve always like the IT doctrine: loading them into a cannon and firing them into the sea/ or wall.

    There is a lot to be said for such harmless hi-jinks. These events could take place after the ALPBC has been shut down and they’ve all been jobsacked.

  75. Boambee John

    ” Mr Scott claimed News’s share of newspaper sales in Australian capital cities could rise from “70 per cent” to “80 per cent” .

    So let’s try to understand this.

    Nice Mr Scott has noticed that 70% of those people who CHOOSE to buy a newspaper, choose to by a Murdoch paper, and that this proportion might soon reach 80%.

    This is despite the Age and SMH being published in two major conurbations (Newcastle-Sydney-Wollongong and Melbourne-Gelong-Frankston) which contain probably 50% or more of the Australian population.

    The message from nice Mr Scott should perhaps be addressed to Fairfax, suggesting that its leaders try to find out why so few choose their product.

    Also, I’m sure it was an oversight, but nice Mr Scott seems to have forgotten to mention what proportion of the population, having already been forced to pay for the ABC, choose to listen to/watch its plethora of radio and TV stations. If people won’t take for no extra charge what they have already paid for, then nice Mr Scott’s product really is a lemon!

  76. who buys a newspaper these days? I read them for free online. do sales figures have any meaning?

  77. motherhubbard'sdog

    After all the other cuts to the ABC have been added up, an extra amount should be included for whatever they could reasonably raise by making their online news coverage subscription only. News Corp papers have to make a buck out of their online sites, I don’t see why as effective ABC shareholders the public shouldn’t expect the same of the ABC.

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