Sunday, December 14, 2014
ABC of political issues
"The functional role of a public broadcaster is to look at their audience as citizens in a democracy, not as consumers," Mr Dempster said. "It comes from what's called the BBC Reithmodel which means you've got to be able to stand up to government and question government ... with no vested interest in consumerism."Political matters of ABC & SBS Antipodean Angles
The ABC is in a fight for its life against powerful vested interests, Quentin Dempster has said as he accused Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull of a "complete misreading" of the national broadcaster.
"By '87 Keating had done a deal with Murdoch to set up what's called the cross-media rule, which allowed Murdoch to take over the Herald and Weekly Times. Talk about competition policy in Australia, it was a joke," Mr Dempster said. "I blame Keating for the distorting power of Rupert Murdoch in Australia... [his] dance with ...Murdoch ...has left this country with an inbuilt imbalance."