Oh really

Writing in the Fairfax papers, Debi Enker writes:

The news is sad for ABC viewers under Michelle Guthrie’s rule.

I am not sure who Debi Enker is, but I did notice the following in her comment

the way it (ABC) runs should be a matter for its board and its management.

Oh really.  The way an organisation is run should be a matter for its board and its management?

I wonder what Ms Enker’s views are about how the following enterprises are run given the intervention of government into operations, governance and remuneration:

  • banking and finance
  • superannuation administration and investment
  • electricity generation, distribution and retailing
  • education
  • mineral and energy exploration and extraction
  • any and every other private enterprise in Australia

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17 Responses to Oh really

  1. Graham

    One of the ironies of this is that for years Fairfax staff have demanded that the board of Fairfax not determine the way its newspapers are run. The so called charter of editorial independence. Leaving the kiddies in charge of the product extruded at the Fairfax asylum has helped reduced those titles to the smouldering ruins that they are today.

    It would be a damn good thing if the ABC board was to show some interest in the ABC’s output. Maurice Newman was the last person to even try and he didn’t achieve much. Malcolm’s mate doesn’t even think there is a problem.

  2. Geriatric Mayfly

    I am not sure who Debi Enker is, but I did notice the following in her comment

    Used to be prominent in The Age Green Paper on Thursdays. Her preferred television always blared social justice, which served as an umbrella for every Leftist issue in fashion at the time. She was always a good indicator of what not to watch.

  3. Rabz

    FFS, for the love of God, just shut it down and fire them all.

  4. Terry

    FFS, for the love of God, just shut it down and fire them all.

    This

  5. Natural Instinct

    The loss of Lateline is lamentable….. Its audience is small but significant,

    Perhaps the writing was on the wall when Lateline barely survived a round of cuts in 2014 that ultimately saw it lose a quarter of its budget

    it’s been a jewel in the ABC’s news and current-affairs crown. It’s been the home to some of the country’s most impressive journalists, most recently the presenter of nearly six years, Emma Alberici, who until this year alternated in the host’s seat with Tony Jones.

    If it was a “jewel” and has such a “significant” audience, why was it cut? Perhaps because the ABC board, management and CEO think those two statements are false. The author could have written a much better report but trying to figure why she is wrong and wrong with her assumptions, dare I say biases?

  6. Natural Instinct

    I wonder which word on Lateline sent me to purgatory. Mmmm

  7. Peter Purcell

    Please tell her what a CEO is. What does having the day to day management and control of a business mean?
    Duh!

  8. Myrddin Seren

    The news is sad for ABC viewers under Michelle Guthrie’s rule.

    TheirABC would shit blue sparks if the tenure of any manager of a commercial enterprise was described as their ‘Rule’.

    A former Google executive, Guthrie appears to have little time for tradition, especially when it comes to broadcast television. She seems more inclined to embrace the new.

    The view seems to be that some programs that have been running for a while have had their turn: new prospects should be given a go. But some of the veterans don’t deserve to be dropped into the vintage bin, especially when viewers still respond to, and rely on, them.

    Says TheirABC:

    ABC Director, News Gaven Morris.

    But with audience habits changing, we can deploy these resources more effectively in other ways.”

    Lateline rates so lowly I cannot even find a published number for it.
    But an obvious Friend of Their ABC wants this thing kept on life support so she and her small coterie of traditionalist comrades can enjoy a nightly bash at conservatism and business with Other People’s Money.

  9. H B Bear

    Ms Enker has been writing about TV for decades and she still thinks the ALPBC board and management run the place? Bwahahaaaaa

    And she(or her hippie parents) can’t spell Debbie.

  10. OneWorldGovernment

    Ey_am_Spartacus

    I wonder what Ms Enker’s views are about how the following enterprises are run given the intervention of government into operations, governance and remuneration:

    banking and finance
    superannuation administration and investment
    electricity generation, distribution and retailing
    education
    mineral and energy exploration and extraction
    any and every other private enterprise in Australia

    LOL

    I have always argued that Australia IS NOT a free enterprise NOR capitalist country.

    I do not believe that many people understand the stifling consequence of Govt regulation.

    And yet they measure the “worth” of a Gillard Govt by the number of laws passed!

    If they cut the number of Senators in half and have them appointed by their respective State Governments and did away with the whole concept of electoral boundaries we might start to get away from the useless Party System.

  11. I am Spartacus

    FFS, for the love of God, just shut it down and fire them all.

    Rabz. I can’t speak for other Catallaxy contributors, but Spartacus is not employed by or paid by the site. He can’t be fired! :‑)

  12. NB

    LOL, Debi Enker of Fairfax knows a sinking ship when she sees (or works for) one. Good to get your credentials on the table before bailing to Nanny.

    But, oh, my goodness gracious me, would she want to work at an ABC that is fair and balanced, where salaries are revealed? Siding with Ms Guthrie is a no-brainer. What could representatives of those pesky no-nothing taxpayers be thinking? .

    Michelle Guthrie would like the ABC not to be subject to taxpayer restraint, so maybe she could propose to privatise it. Lateline, for example, could be broadcast on a station paid for with advertisements for windmills, pink batts, modern art, and global warming guilt kits. Great place for independent-minded Deb who, when not publishing Climate Action Institute press releases could be on the sales-team-of-virtue.

  13. Senile Old Guy

    Its audience is small but significant, despite the decision that two current-affairs programs per weeknight, 7.30 and Lateline, is one too many.

    What does “significant” mean here? All the right people watch it?

  14. stackja

    Senile Old Guy
    #2522115, posted on October 13, 2017 at 2:17 pm
    Its audience is small but significant, despite the decision that two current-affairs programs per weeknight, 7.30 and Lateline, is one too many.

    What does “significant” mean here? All the right people watch it?

    I watched it, until the silliness took over, many years ago.

  15. If Cory had as one of the main planks of the AC ‘s platform to privatise or stop funding of the ABC it might give them a boost. The party that offers a radical 180 degree turnaround from labor /laborlite has my vote. Time to be radical in a conservative way and see if “conservatives” will respond as they did when they elected Abbott and turfed the labor trash. Sticking to the game plan appears to be the weakness when one is surrounded by bed wetting backstabbing socialists in the liberal party.

  16. Shine a Liight

    The ABC is just a bottomless pit, which seems to escape all the rules that govern fracking.

    Recycling news 24/7 might be good for the environment but I prefer something that borders on the relevant to the majority of Australians.

  17. The Fifth Bike Rider of the Apocalypse

    Debie Enker has been writing about TV shows for the The Age (and watching it presumably) from about the time Bruce Gyngell first said ‘Welcome to television’ so her brain is no doubt a bit mushy.

    She’s also a favourite of that good ole lefty boy Jon Faine appearing regularly to talk about TV (what else) on his morning ‘Look at me, look at me’ show on ABC radio in Melbourne.

    Faine is one of the ABC’s $300,000 plus ‘stars”.

    For that sort of money, you could buy a decent car which would be twice as entertaining.

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