TAFKAS strongly endorses the words of Doom Lord Sinc as he penned yesterday:
Not just a weed. A $1 billion parasite. A cancer that is metastasising and destroying local private media and public trust.
TAFKAS too received the Ramsay email with Chairman Butrrose’s speech but could not stomach watching any of it, let alone 10 minutes.
But in the cold light of day, TAFKAS read some media coverage of Ita’s speech. This bit came from the Oz. Make sure you are seated when you read this:
Ms Buttrose cited a Deloitte report commissioned by the ABC, which found the broadcaster contributed $1bn to the economy annually with more than a third going towards the broader media ecosystem.
An external consultant who would, for the right amount of money, produce an analysis showing that Australia is New Zealand has found that an organisation that costs tax payers $1 billion dollars a year “contributed $1bn to the economy annually“.
Now that’s an insight. Now that’s public interest journalism. Now that’s an organisation under resource constraint.
Cut the money. End it now. If there is a public policy need for “public interest journalism”, let the government put out a tender. If there is a public policy need for niche entertainment content that no-one will watch, let the government put out a tender. If there is a public policy need for regional news services, the the government put out a ficken tender.
Just because the highly paid bureaucrats in the over resourced Communications department don’t want to do the work of contract tendering and management does not mean that they should not.
Hey Prime Minister Morrison. Here is a pathway for you offering plausible deniability. Put Stuart Robert in charge. Everything he touches usually comes a cropper.