Why so scared of the ABC?

The ABC must be doing something right if the firepower currently focused on it by News Ltd and Fairfax is anything to go by.  

In News Ltd’s Weekend Australian, Malcolm Colless launched a preemptive strike on speculation that the ABC might launch a 24 hour news channel, which would of course create competition for stablemate Sky News. Somewhat hyperbolically, Colless described such a move as: “a taxpayer-funded declaration of war on commercial media outlets in Australia”.

Meanwhile, today’s Sydney Morning Herald, from Fairfax, takes a different tack. The letters page features a large cartoon headed “Spending your taxes wisely”. It features a big nosed, slightly unkempt ABC announcer talking into his microphone as he reads aloud from the SMH saying: “Here is the news.”

Looks like somebody is feeling threatened.

Tim Burrowes


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