Really?

Here is Alan Sunderland – editorial director of the ABC:

I work for for a propd (sic) organisation that asks difficult questions, holds governments to account and speaks up for people who don’t have a voice – that will sit uncomfortably with a great many people a lot of the time.

I would hope that makes people very uncomfortable all of the time. That is not what the ABC charter requires of the ABC:

(1)  The functions of the Corporation are:

                     (a)  to provide within Australia innovative and comprehensive broadcasting services of a high standard as part of the Australian broadcasting system consisting of national, commercial and community sectors and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, to provide:

                              (i)  broadcasting programs that contribute to a sense of national identity and inform and entertain, and reflect the cultural diversity of, the Australian community; and

                             (ii)  broadcasting programs of an educational nature;

                     (b)  to transmit to countries outside Australia broadcasting programs of news, current affairs, entertainment and cultural enrichment that will:

                              (i)  encourage awareness of Australia and an international understanding of Australian attitudes on world affairs; and

                             (ii)  enable Australian citizens living or travelling outside Australia to obtain information about Australian affairs and Australian attitudes on world affairs; and

                   (ba)  to provide digital media services; and

                     (c)  to encourage and promote the musical, dramatic and other performing arts in Australia.

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22 Responses to Really?

  1. Habib

    Open admissions about ignoring their charter mean bugger all, they blatantly flout it daily, and don’t give a shit because they’re never brought to account. Why do you think they’re so insufferably smug? They know they’re more untouchable than a Bombay dunny cleaner who moonlights at the riverside crematorium.

  2. Pickles

    We don’t know how lucky we are!

  3. Baldrick

    And here’s the ABC’s Chief Finance Officer speaking today:

    Sally Jackson ✔ @Sally_Jackson (ABC News Media Manager)
    ABC’s funding is 34% lower than the average of other public broadcasters, including the BBC. Per capita funding has halved in real terms since 1987 — ABC CFO Louise Higgins

    TheirABC – disguising activism as journalism.

  4. DM OF WA

    Like I said in response to the earlier ABC post: the ABC is a classic example of institutional capture!

  5. Shy Ted

    Today’ “show trial”, I mean viewer feedback in Sydney – just another way to snub their noses at us.

  6. RobK

    These words will mean exactly what I want them to mean!
    The charter could be updated and narrow the duties and services, along with the funding, to reflect digital service which is now almost ubiquitous from other suppliers.

  7. iain russell

    Did they ever find the tattooed tars who held that African Centrelink seeker’s hands to the engine? It was a huge issue, pace the ABC, a few years back. Surely there was a Walkley in that ‘expose’.

  8. Squirrel

    “…..and speaks up for people who don’t have a voice….”

    Anyone with even a passing acquaintance with the ABC will know that it has pet minorities, but will also know that the ABC is quite selective on that point. Just to take an increasingly relevant example, the ABC’s sometimes abundant compassion is often missing in action when it comes to the homeless – unless such folk manage to penetrate the consciousness of our inner-city-centric national broadcaster by camping out in otherwise salubrious parts of Sydney and/or Melbourne. The less fortunate in outer suburbia and regional cities and towns are simply not on the radar – certainly so far as the ABC’s national reporting and programming is concerned.

    As to the minor detail of what the governing legislation actually says, I have great trouble seeing the case for ABC22 – the “Comedy Channel” for those not familiar with it. Most of the programming is imported, and a reasonable chunk of it is/was available on free-to-air commercial channels (for those who feel a need to be amused and cannot afford a subscription service or the cost of DVD/Blu-Rays).

  9. Roger

    I work for for a propd (sic) organisation that asks difficult questions, holds governments to account and speaks up for people who don’t have a voice – that will sit uncomfortably with a great many people a lot of the time.

    And who holds the ABC to account?

  10. Sydney Boy

    Apply the rabz doctrine now. Shut.It.Down.Fire.Them.All

  11. egg_

    I work for a… organisation that asks difficult questions, holds governments to account and speaks up for people who don’t have a voice

    A Trump fan?

  12. Siltstone

    ABC’s funding is 34% lower than the average of other public broadcasters, including the BBC.Per capita funding has halved in real terms since 1987 — ABC CFO Louise Higgins

    Speaking of relativities, per capita funding in 1928 was zero. Bring those days back.

  13. Real Deal

    Allan Ashbolt lives on thirteen years after he was supposed to have carked it. The ABC breeds these creatures and they multiply there like tribbles.

  14. thefrolickingmole

    Ok whats the abc s left/right position on these issues.

    Climate change
    Refugees
    Coal mines
    Gas extraction
    Aboriginal issues
    Gonski
    NBN
    and im sure theses dozens more people can name.

    Attacking labor from the left isnt balance you numpties.

  15. Institutional Capture indeed.

    The ABC belongs to the staff, and the staff live in another country. Enemy country.

  16. thefrolickingmole

    #2632562, posted on February 9, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Ok whats the abc s left/right position on these issues.

    Climate change
    Refugees
    Coal mines
    Gas extraction
    Aboriginal issues
    Gonski
    NBN
    and im sure theses dozens more people can name.

    Same Sex marriage

  17. Delta A

    It’s important to keep going back to those core functions to remind everyone how far the ABC has shifted from its charter.

    The ABC fails its purpose on so many levels.

  18. Jimf

    Has Mitch Fifield died? Has anyone seen him for the last 24 months? Send out an alert: description, a big wet oaf with a pea heart walking around mumbling incoherently to an ABC podcast.

  19. Tezza

    Alan Sunderland sounds like Fran ‘I’m an activist’ Kelly, the ABC MD’s hero(ine)

  20. Faceache

    Why would it cost more to broadcast to 20 million people rather than 10 million people.

  21. win

    I had dealings via email with Sunderland when Tony Abbott was set up during the Australia Day protest in Canberra where Gillard ,roughly handled by security lost her shoe. I was given to understand;.his contempt was patent,his superiority supreme and his questionable reporting and lack of correction unassailable.
    Alan Sunderland is just another obnoxious parasitic leftie with a life long sinecure at the ABC funded by we suckers.

  22. Crossie

    I work for for a propd (sic) organisation that asks difficult questions, holds governments to account and speaks up for people who don’t have a voice – that will sit uncomfortably with a great many people a lot of the time.

    OK, let’s unpack this sucker.

    Propd (sic) organisation = haught, arrogant, better than you.

    Asks difficult questions = depends who we are interviewing.

    Holds governments to account = depends who’s in power, Labor always OK, Coalition government OK only if run by Malcolm Friend of the ABC Turnbull.

    Speaks up for people who don’t have a voice = not those icky rednecks in outer cities, they shouldn’t have a voice, I mean just look how they voted in the gay marriage plebiscite.

    That will sit uncomfortably with a great many people a lot of the time = the taxpayer, our bosses at whom we can comfortably stick out our tongue because Malcolm says we can. After all, what are they going to do, not watch?

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