This week Communications Minister Mitch Fifield obligingly introduced what ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie calls “legislation designed to further a political vendetta”, the One Nation-sponsored Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Fair and Balanced) Bill.
“The ABC is facing a perfect storm,” ABC Friends’ president Margaret Reynolds tells Mike Seccombe. “They face an unsympathetic, opportunistic government – they’ve got real haters of the ABC in both government and crossbench ranks – and now they’ve got commercial attack dogs on them as well. As if that isn’t enough, they’ve got a media platform revolution.”
Plus: Paul Bongiorno on Malcolm Turnbull’s new energy policy.
The Saturday Paper