While the ABC is independent of government, the government can exercise some control by the power of the purse. The government of the day appoints the members of the ABC Board, which can also be a means of influence. The Rudd government has indicated that they
Since 1976 the ABC has been under threat from both major parties when in government, either through inadequate funding, failure to incorporate rising costs into budgetary allocations, reduction of staffing levels and controversial staff and board appointments. Continue reading
“(It’s) like watching our branch die a kinda slow death”
Comment by ABC staffer, Perth, 29/04/2012
- The policy of the ABC’s Board and management to outsource most TV production to the “independent sector”, rather than using the skills, experience and proven creativity of their existing workforce and nurturing new talent, has resulted in a trail of highly skilled and experienced staff leaving the national broadcaster.
- When the last ABC Perth-produced program, Can We Help?, ceased production mid-way through 2011, the contracts of many, mostly young program-makers and researchers were not renewed. The WA TV Production Unit became an unlit expanse of empty workstations, offices and under-utilised production facilities. Continue reading