Monday, September 24, 2018

Goned Guthrie

Today without any proper kind of explanation, the board of the ABC sacked its managing director Michelle Guthrie. I never liked her and what she was about so far as I know, but that does not matter.

What matters is that the ABC is a taxpayer funded broadcaster and and supposedly independent of the government (haha), we as taxpayers are owed a a proper explanation as to why she was sacked.

Joy Melbourne, our local gay radio station, went through a management crisis in I think the early 2000s. Members were left uninformed of what it was about or the people involved. I did not renew my membership that year and have rarely tuned in since.

It is our money that pays the ABC Board and our money that pays the Managing Director of the ABC. We have a right to know, as we have right to know how our money is spent in many other areas of government, that are not released for the reason of  'commercial in confidence'.

I had a choice to to leave Joy, but I don't have a choice about being a taxpayer. It is our money and we have a right to know. The Minister for Communication should insist on a proper explanation from the Board of the ABC. But given he does not control the ABC, this is very unlikely. Only public and journalistic pressure will get an answer.

PS The post could have done with a polish, but it is just an off the cuff effort.

11 comments:

  1. Perhaps the decision to sack a senior managing director without public consultation or explanation is made easier when the person is a woman.

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    1. Thought provoking Hels. As a white Anglo Saxon male I will never know what gender discrimination or racism really are.

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  2. Do you think more people will demand to know why Andrew? It's the only way to get answers these days.. persist, and don't forget to let us know why!

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    1. Grace, I think more will come out in time. I haven't heard or seen any news since last night and it is lunch time here.

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  3. I read somewhere (I think)that she plans on suing. Which will involve more of the taxpayers money but 'may' give us some answers.

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    1. EC, I think she will be advised not to sue as she doesn't have much of a case.

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  4. I think the whole ABC should be sacked...and started again. The ABC is too biased towards the Left for my liking....as I've said before.

    Sorry for repeating myself. I'll have to buy some Quick Ease!

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    1. Lee, each side of politics tries to stack the board when board members are up for appointment.

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  5. Staff are happy to see her go as are many listeners/viewers, but I expect not for the same reasons as whatever reasons the board seems to have for taking the decision - they're talking about a poor relationship with the Govt - most people I know would be blaming the Govt for that rather than MG. Looks like scapegoatism on that front.


    I did wonder though how someone could do such a high pressure (and high salary) job as she did whilst still almost commuting between Australia and Singapore where her husband still lives and works. Even if she did it on weekends the job is not just a Mon-Fri job.

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    1. Marcellous, you are certainly correct about staff being glad to see her go. I am not particularly satisfied with the ABC at the moment. I wasn't aware about the regular trips to Singapore until last night. I think the job, perhaps up there with the most important jobs in Australia, requires a greater commitment.

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  6. A Gay radio station? I've never heard of such a thing. How is it different from a regular radio station? Staffed only by gay people? Playing only gay music? There really is no such thing as gay music, I'm sure.

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