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Revenge is best served on New Year’s Eve

It would seem that dodgy financial behemoth AMP is always able to find just one more PR disaster if it looks hard enough.

Last night the ABC’s Media Watch revealed that the public broadcaster has been told it can no longer use the balcony on the AMP’s Circular Quay headquarters as a spot to broadcast Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Locked out | Pic: Hpeterswald, Creative Commons

Last Monday the ABC’s investigative journalism program Four Corners went hard on AMP, examining some of the fraudulent behaviour of its staff, highlighted at the Royal Commission.

The next day, a note arrived at the ABC saying it couldn’t use the balcony. “Good luck with finding an alternative solution.” the broadcaster was cheerily told.

As Media Watch presenter Paul Barry told viewers: “It looks suspiciously like AMP has taken revenge.”

AMP, cynical readers won’t be surprised to learn, claims it has other plans for the space this year. It said in a totally believable statement to the ABC:

“In previous years, the space on our upper floors has been used by the City of Sydney as a control point for the New Year’s Eve show. The ABC camera installation was part of that.

“We informed City of Sydney last year that AMP would be using the space for the next two years before we move to a new headquarters. Therefore, the arrangement wrapped up after last New Year’s Eve.

“Similarly, this is why we declined the ABC request.”

Or, as Barry put it last night: “What a coincidence.”

Imagine if AMP was as good at not fraudulently charging people for advice they didn’t receive, as it was on taking petty revenge on journalism organisations. It’s share price might not be at its lowest point in 15 years.


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