MD, GUTHRIE SHAKES UP THE ABC TO WHERE THERE IS NO DISCERNIBLE DIFFERENCE
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
The ABC gets Michelle Guthrie as MD and she immediately upsets comfortable ABC staff by declaring 200 of them will get the chop. Ms Guthrie, who was not on the ABC Board’s shortlist of MDs to replace the disastrous Mark Scott, wants to take on global giants Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Netflix.
Okay, that’s sounds good, but I don’t want to take on these monoliths... well, not using my money anyway. She also suggests that “popular” presenters like Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas will get more deserved air time. Blimey, most blokes (and even a few sheilas) would pull a range of muscles in a mad panic to switch the dials and remotes off both of these birds.
Our dear Ms Guthrie (above) is receiving a $70,000 increase on former Mark Scott’s salary to an obscene $900,000 pa, with extras taking that figure well over $1 million, but really that’s quite reasonable considering the ABC’s wage bill tops almost $500 million plus a tonne of exes, super, Paid Parental Leave, extended holidays and an array of other taxpayer-funded PS benefits we poor bastards never knew existed.
The payout to staff takes up half of its entire yearly budget of over $1 billion.
How’s that for a fully-funded mob without competition that can delightedly eat into FTA and Cable TV’s bottom lines without having to justify a fornicating thing.
Jim Spigelman, expressed bitter disappointment at not getting a second term
New Chairman, replacing the far Left, self-pleasuring Jim Spigelman, is Malcolm Turnbull’s close mate, Justin Milne, who was Principal Private Secretary to Labor’s hapless Gough Whitlam.
Justin Milne (left) with friends
Under Turnbull’s instruction, Milne was asked to apply for the Chairman’s job by loyal Communications Minister, Mitch Fifield. Milne said the ABC was, “accountable to the audience rather than to either side of politics”. Hmmm, hope he lets Q&A know about that.
His main claim to fame was his involvement with the NBN where he praises Turnbull loudly despite the unsolved mess Labor, and subsequently Turnbull, left the NBN in, and it remains that way.
Turnbull's influence on female quotas
Milne suggested in an SMH interview that he would not be interfering with MD Michelle Guthrie. Hmmm again. He also believes there is no perceivable bias at the ABC… golly he must have a different brand of TV to mine. But being Turnbull’s close mate says enough about that crap.
Female executives like Guthrie all have one thing in common, they invariably employ women who are more cosmetically challenged and a few IQ points lower than themselves. It’s safer that way, because when challenged by superior blokes they can always scream sex discrimination.
Kelly and Karvelas
Although that might be a little difficult with Fran Kelly because she is homosexual and proud of it. The ABC has well over the average quota of homosexual, Aboriginal and Muslim employees.
Kelly received a "Same Same" (literally meaning Homo, Homo) award, recognising her as one of the country's most influential gay and lesbian Australians. Hmmmm, again.
If Turnbull was the centrist he claims to be he would have reformed the ABC into a slim impartially informative radio newscaster only. It consistently abuses its role in television and is a shining example of all that is wrong with Australia’s media.
If you doubt the pillow talk or the incestuous makeup of media, here’s an abridged example of just a few current couplings:
- Jessica Halloran (Sunday Telegraph) and James Hooper (Sunday Telegraph)
- Michael Felgate (Seven News) and Jacqui Felgate (Seven News)
- Jacqueline Maley (SMH Canberra) and James Robertson (SMH politics reporter)
- Karl Hoerr (ABC TV news) and Marion Ives (SBS TV news)
- Heather Ewart (ABC Backroads) and Barrie Cassidy (ABC Insiders)
- Kathryn Robinson (Channel Ten) and Chris Reason (Channel Seven)
- Sarah Ferguson (ABC) and Tony Jones (ABC)
- Ross Solly (ABC) and Samantha Hawley (ABC)
- Alan Ramsey (Fairfax columnist) and Laura Tingle (Australian Financial Review)
- Julia Medew (The Age) and Peter Ker (The Australian Financial Review)
- Clive Mathieson (editor, The Australian) and Miranda Murphy (The Australian)
- Michaela Boland (The Australian) and Michael Bodey (The Australian)
- Madeleine Coorey (Agence France-Presse) and Alister McMillan (The Australian)
- Evie White (The Daily Telegraph) and Andrew White (The Australian
- Chris Stedman (The Australian) and Cecily Ryan (The Daily Telegraph)
- Penny Durham (The Australian) and Chris Hook (The Daily Telegraph)
- Fiona Gillies (The Daily Telegraph) and Stuart Parker (The Australian)
- Chris Bath (Channel Ten) and Jim Wilson (Seven sports reporter)
- Tracey Holmes (ABC sports journalist) and Stan Grant (Sky News/The Guardian)
- Jennifer Byrne (ABC presenter) and Andrew Denton (TV producer)
- Louise Hall (SMH court reporter) and Christopher Hopper (Sunday Telegraphsports editor)
- Sophie Morris (formerly The Saturday Paper, Fairfax) and Nick Butterly (The West Australian)
- Jo Puccini (executive producer, 7.30) and Bruce Belsham (ABC current affairs)
- Clare Masters (formerly Daily Telegraph, and adviser to Mike Baird) and Alistair Adams-Smith (Daily Telegraph)
- Nick Leys (former Australian media editor, now at the ABC) and Louise Milligan (ABC 7.30 reporter)
- Louise Rugendyke (Sydney Morning Herald) and Matt Collins (Daily Telegraph)
- Phil Coorey (Australian Financial Review) and Fleur Anderson (Australian Financial Review)
- Miranda Wood (Sunday Telegraph) and Sean Berry (Seven News)
- Brigid Glanville (ABC News) and Tim Palmer (ABC News)
- Kim Wilson (editor Australian Women’s Weekly) and Ben Doherty (Guardian Australia)
- Mike Bowers (The Guardian and the ABC) and Paula Kruger (ABC training manager)
- Jodie Speers (Seven News) and Ben Fordham (2GB/Channel Nine)
- Anna Patty (Sydney Morning Herald) and Andrew West (Radio National)
- Fran Kelly (ABC Radio National) and Marion Frith (ABC Radio National)
- Virginia Trioli (ABC News Breakfast) and Russell Skelton (ABC Fact Check)
- Angela Shanahan (Australian columnist) and Dennis Shanahan (Australian political editor and Canberra bureau chief)
- Susan Wyndham (literary editor SMH) and Paul Sheehan (Fairfax columnist)
- Peter FitzSimons (Fairfax) and Lisa Wilkinson (Channel Nine/Huffington Post)
- Marni Cordell (Head of News at Buzzfeed Australia) and Mark Davis (formerly SBS)
- Bhakthi Puvanenthiran (entertainment editor, The Age) and Tom Cowie (The Age, formerly of Crikey)
- Joe Hildebrand (Daily Telegraph) and Tara Ravens (AAP)
- Phil Hudson (The Australian Canberra bureau chief) and Lyndal Curtis (Sky News
Canberra bureau chief, ex-ABC)
- Jessica Harmsen (ABC News) and Nick Harmsen (ABC News)
- Bridie Jabour (The Guardian) and Matt Quagliotto (The Daily Telegraph)
- Leesha McKenny (Sydney Morning Herald) and Dave Braithwaite (Fairfax Media)
- Tahmina Ansari (ABC) and Mohamed Taha (ABC)
- Mathew Dunckley (Fairfax’s Business Day) and Siobhan Duck (Herald Sun)
- Rebecca Sullivan (news.com.au) and Toby Johnstone (Domain Editorial Director)
- Sylvia Jeffreys (Nine News) and Peter Stefanovic (Nine News)
- Vanessa Grimm (Sky News) and Nick Grimm (ABC News 24)
- Louise Momber (Channel Nine) and Rob Scott (Channel Seven)
- Anne Henderson (occasional columnist) and Gerard Henderson (columnist, The Australian)
- Caroline Wilson (The Age) and Brendan Donohoe (Seven News)
- Mark Kenny (Fairfax Canberra bureau chief) and Virginia Haussegger (ABC)
- Monique Schafter (ABC 7.30) and Dan Buhagiar (ABC Triple/Double J)
- Tom Elliott (3AW Drive presenter) and Elise Elliott (A Current Affair/Herald Sun)
- Lenore Taylor (The Guardian) and Paul Daley (The Guardian)
- Marc Fennell (SBS) and Madeleine Genner (ABC Radio National)
- Ben Law (Fairfax and others) and Scott Spark (ABC)
- Marina Go (Bauer Media/Hearst) and Graeme Pringle (The Australian)
- Peta-Jane Madam (Seven’s Sunday Night) and Tim Noonan (Seven)
- Michael Stutchbury (editor-in-chief Australian Financial Review) and Ticky Fullerton (ABC’s The Business)
- Paul Barry (ABC’s Media Watch host) and Lisa McGregor (ABC’s Australian Story)
- Jessica Rowe (Channel Ten) and Peter Overton (Channel Nine)
- Adam Harvey (ABC News) and Eliza Harvey (ABC News)
- Tony Gillies (AAP editor in chief) and and Kylie Gillies (Channel 7)
- Chris Johnston (Age journalist) and Penny Stephens (Age photographer)
- Gillian Bowen (Channel Ten) and Chris Bowen (2GB)
- Chris Mitchell (former Australian editor-in-chief, now columnist) and Cathy Rushton (columnist, Weekend Australian)
- John Lehmann (The Australian deputy editor) and Megan Lehmann (Weekend Australian magazine)
- Sonia Kruger (Mornings host) and Craig McPherson (Seven director of news and current affairs)
- Laura Jayes (Sky News journalist) and Alex Hart (of Seven News)
- Karen Barlow (Huffington Post Australia political editor) and James Massola (Fairfax political journalist)
- Gaven Morris (ABC news director) and Kirsten Aiken (ABC News)
- Bianca Hall (The Age) and Noell Towell (The Canberra Times)
- Miki Perkins (The Age) and Tom McKendrick (Fairfax)
- Mike Clay (ABC The Drum) and Jessica Gardner (Australian Financial Review)
- Garrett Mundy (ABC News) and Aleisha Orr (Fairfax, WA)
- Rebecca Dollery (ABC News) and Daniel Mercer (The West Australian)
You see? Without a rash of divorces, nothing much in the near future will be changing to improve our incestuous media’s bias. Thanks Malcolm.