Friday Flash Poll – Is Ita the right person to lead the ABC?

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“Australians trust Ita,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison. “I trust Ita and that’s why I have asked her to take on this role and I’m absolutely thrilled that she has accepted.”

The PM will officially recommend media icon Ita Buttrose to the Governor General as the ABC’s new leader – only the second woman ever to chair ‘Aunty’.

After five months of management turmoil, Ita will captain a ship that is still sailing, but one that may be slightly flailing in the public’s eye.

She certainly has the PM’s backing.

“Ita, as we know, has the strength, the integrity and the fierce independence that she is known for to take stewardship of this important Australian institution,” said Mr Morrison.

“But it is not just her extensive experience in publishing and broadcasting which equips her for this role.

“The reason she has been so successful in publishing, in broadcasting, is she has always put her viewers, her listeners and her readers first. And you know what? That’s what the ABC needs to do too.”

At 77, Ms Buttrose’s resume is impressive. She was the founding editor of Cleo Magazine in 1972, editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, the first woman to edit Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, and the first woman appointed to the News Limited board.

The former Australian of the Year is also an advocate for Australians with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Ms Buttrose says her top priority is to restore stability to the public broadcaster and get it “functioning again”.

“I think my most important role is to restore stability to the management of the organisation, to reassure the staff that life will go on as usual and to reassure the board, who has also been through a period of unrest, that it’s time to get the ABC functioning again with proper stable management and good frank discussion between the chair and whoever is the managing director,” said Ms Buttrose.

“If there’s not a close relationship between the chair and the managing director, you cannot make an organisation work efficiently and well.”

A self-declared life-long ABC fan, Ms Buttrose also wants to ensure the community retained its trust in the organisation.

“I consider it one of the most important cultural and information organisations in our country and I’m honoured to be asked to lead it into the future,” she said.

“It is a voice of the Australian people. I think it reflects our identity, it tells our stories not just here in Australia but to the rest of the world, and I have grown up with the ABC.

“I’m a passionate believer in the independence of the ABC and I will do everything in my utmost power to make sure it remains that way.”

Even though Ita has solid publishing and media credentials, some still doubt that she has what it takes to run a digital media empire – a suggestion Ms Buttrose rejects.

“I have never been frightened of what technology offers to us in the media,” she said.

“It is the way of the future. We all know that. And the ABC has a part of that and it’s already working very hard in this field and I don’t intend that it shouldn’t keep doing so.

“We have a right to be there. It is the way of the future and the ABC must have that future.”

Ms Buttrose suggested that the lack of media experience on the previous board may have contributed to ‘Aunty’s’ recent woes.

“If I look at the board, and I look at [former managing director] Michelle Guthrie’s CV, I don’t see anybody there with a lot of media experience,” she told ABC’s The Drum.

“And I think that is a failing of the board – they’re very well-credentialed, don’t get me wrong.

“But there’s not a lot of media experience there, and I think you must have media experience if you’re going to run the ABC because of the very nature of the ABC.”

Read more at www.abc.net.au

Ita Buttrose certainly has the skills and background required to lead such a precious public institution, but does she have what it takes to save the ABC? Does it even need saving?

Tell us what you think in our Friday Flash Poll: Does the ABC need ‘saving’?

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    Good Captains Pick.
    Doesn’t say much for the selection panel when not one women was included.

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      I heard Ita on the news last night and she seemed to be saying she needed to “fix” the ABC.
      This worries me as there is nothing wrong with the ABC other than the fact it reports the bad stuff from the right as well as the misbehaviour of big business. These are the reasons the current government has cut funding several times and has talked abut selling off the ABC. Of course we all know Who the likely buyer would be.

      Australians would welcome Butrose as long as she is not there to do a job for right wing interests. I’d say that will become clear very quickly.

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      On the other hand Mick they need to get rid of the left wing overkill the ABC has been suffering from

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      What about the right wing overkill on the commercial stations. We watch 7 News and it got rid of one NSW State Labor leader and is now after the replacement with 15 year old allegations. The station has been pushing a wagon for the right and you can tell an election is coming given the intensity of the campaign being waged by the right wing media.

      I’ll accept your view if you also look at the other side. That’s the problem with those who lament about the claimed ‘bias’ from the ABC. The station gets attacked for AIRING THE DIRT the right seek to hide from the public.

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      Too true, Mick – study after study has shown zero bias in the ABC,but to a ‘rightie’ any criticism of business or LNP is savagely left.

      Small children with big sicks, and totally paranoid and full of the delusion that they are The Red Queen and can just run around chopping off heads because they are ‘entitled’ …..

      Then they wonder why people have no trust in them…

      That’s just me being nice…..

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      Spot on TREBOR.
      For the trolls and those who believe the ABC is biased check out this link:

      https://www.reddit.com/r/australia/comments/8vgokb/australia_media_bias_chart/

      The ABC is RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE. The commercial outlets are to the right.

      You can run trolls but you can’t hide!

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      MICK….Ita will fix the ABC alright.

      What does it tell you? SlowMo has to pick the person for the position instead of the ABC board. We a living in a dictatorship.

      Buttrose may be a woman but she worked for Murdoch and Packer. She has plenty of experience of telling lies.

      This is a 5 year position. Is there a guarantee that she will be alive tomorrow let along the next 5 years. The NLP find the ABC a threat for its honest news and want to get rid of it hence the cutbacks in funding. Just like how they want to get rid of Medicare and all Social Security. Wake up Australia! In the meantime there are so many ships surrounding our coastline sending coal and other mineral resources to China every day.

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      SRF…Does that make it right because Buttrose is a woman? The NLP don’t have a good reputation dealing with women in the first place and are painting the kettle black.

      I can’t believe that so many in the pole think this is a right decision. Next we will have Murdoch running the ABC. Let the ABC choose the right person for the job. The board knows what it needs. That’s why it has been so successful.

      SlowMo and his side kick puppets are cunning rats but not intelligent that is why the country is being sold off under everyone’s nose. Buttrose will stop the ABC from exposing their corruption.

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      I disagree, ABC does have a slight left-wing bias, which is more pronounced on some shows than others. You also have to note that no one in ABC ever dares to present a view which opposes any left-wing views – that itself tells the story about their bias. Also, there is a clear Feminist bias as well.
      The Captain’s pick by Morrison is unfortunate, as he has overridden the more qualified people (so happens all were men, so what!), and given the job to a less qualified person who was not on the short-list – it should be called Discrimination! Yet another attack against men, just so Morrison can get some female votes. Must not happen! All must remember how the Liberals have attacked Retirees – women included, and make them pay for it at the election. (Not advocating Labor, as they will take their turn, as the other part of the same Tag Team, to attack Retirees – hence must vote against them too.)

      On the other hand, ABC is not as extreme to the left as the right-wing channels such as Sky News, other News Ltd outlets, are to the right. But then, they are private media who can say what they like (you don’t have to believe them or listen to them) as they have their Business interests and rich sponsors’ interests, whereas ABC is taxpayer funded, and MUST reflect ALL people’s views – which they clearly do not. Even in Q&A, where they invite some right-wingers (always a minority in the panel), those people are usually either shouted down or even cut short in their responses by the host, Tony Jones.

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      Read this George:

      https://www.reddit.com/r/australia/comments/8vgokb/australia_media_bias_chart/

      The chart says it all. You’ll see who has the bias!

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      Hmmmm – I wouldn’t call ‘feminism’ left wing by any stretch of the imagination – it’s a very narrow ideology determined to attain absolute control over society and all in it….. and thus is more right wing than left…

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      Meanwhile I agree that the ABC is far too prominent in hiring sheilas as frontspersons for its views – some of them are good, some great – others are true bricks…..

      ALL mainstream media (is propaganda according to gore Vidal) spends far too much time and effort lauding every little achievement of girls/women and ignoring the often monumental achievements of men/boys… then on top of that they load us up continually with nonsnse like ‘women CEOs will have to wait 80 years for equity’ – as if anyone in Realityworld gives a damn about overpaid CEOs and other insanities…. in between making ends meet.

      While ten sheilas are on and on about not copping the same cash on contract way over award as some men in the same contracted work – countless REAL women out there are struggling… and being fed this ‘hate men for it’ insanity…. and swallowing it and then causing dire problems for not only men, but for men’s children and then women themselves as well.

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      Reddit is a site well known for members who post porn, superficial Hollywood gossip fake news and some extreme left wing and Anqrchist views.
      Hardly a serious site .
      You really must be desperate Mick

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      ABC = taxpayer funded (has a charter to carry out its functions)
      Other stations = privately owned (can do anything they like as they are independent of public funds)

      The question when considering any bias of the ABC, is, – Is it fulfilling its charter?

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      I’d say it’s doing very well considering its budget cuts from the LNP pirate’s committee…

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      MICK, I don’t need to be guided by Reddit to decide whether the ABC is biased or not, that’s fairly common sense & obvious once you listen to the views expressed / commentary by most ABC presenters – although their basic News itself is fairly straight & factual, as News is supposed to be. Reddit must be getting their inputs from a biased sample, or else asking the wrong questions, e.g. by focusing on only “News” they can claim it to be balanced.

      Trebor, I never equated ABC bias with Feminism, I suggested these are 2 separate issues. Also, I thought I made it clear that I think Morrison is using this opportunity to pander to the Feminists in ABC as well as the general public to buy women’s votes.

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      So the website is objectionable because you cannot confront the truth? How strange.
      Pink batts and school halls now?
      The facts are the facts and the website is legit. Just inconvenient for trolls.

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      Don’t listen to the fake Lothario the ABC is unbiased on reports news that is not controlled by corrupt nedia like news corp

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      Good to see it’s Ita, but weird she was not one of the people selected by the panel, also that it’s another captain’s pick. And no women on the list. What the? I don’t think the ABC is biased. However in the last year or so, I felt there was not enough quality entertainment, whether Australian, British or from elsewhere. For that, I had to go to other channels. I am a news nut and big fan of Insiders, but felt the ABS overdid news and current affairs. E.g. the Drum became too long.

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      What rot TREBOR, I usually agree with most of your comments but not this one, females wanting to take over evrything, nonsense, I have noticed a thread running thorough the comments you post on all topics, you seem to have a distinct dislike of women, I did ask you about this once before, but so long ago I cannot remember what the answer was.

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      Thebore has a dislike for women , Asians, Moslems , Jews,gays and a host of others .
      He has a nasty streak , I’m surprised more people haven’t noticed and he hasn’t been banned for all his disgusting comments

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      I don’t care if Ita is a lefty or a righty, because she’s a consummate professional with a whole lot of integrity & experience. This job requires honesty, high intelligence, integrity, experience, independence from the old boys’ club & business affiliations, something in very short supply by the looks of the state of the church, the banks & even the govt. My brother-in-law used to be the Chairman of the ABC Board. He has all these qualities.

      Ita’s also a very tough businesswoman who won’t be pushed around by anyone, including the Government of the day, unlike the former Chair. He sacked staff because the govt. didn’t like certain Reporters & their line of questioning. Now that’s bias!

      I wouldn’t watch TV at all if they sold the ABC, SBS & NITV to private interests. Private interests can’t be trusted because they are truly biased, selling “news” to the highest bidder. I can’t bear those horrible stories on the commercial channels, asking some distraught parent who has just tragically lost their child “How do you feel?” I’m surprised they don’t get punched in the face for such insensitivity. Ahh, but the almighty rating$!!! And then there’s the Barnaby Tells All” cheque book “jounalism”. What trash! I know, some people lap it up like mother’s milk.

      Trust is such an important trait for the ABC Chair to exhibit. Ita has my trust until she proves otherwise. I wish her luck. The only “saving” the ABC needs is for the govt to continue adequate funding, SO THEN THE ABC STAYS UNBIASED. We get to hear both sides of the story (like the panels on QandA). And we get to enjoy decent Australian drama, with Australian faces, landscapes & stories, spoken in proper Aussie tones – not the soap opera titillation on the commercial channels.

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    The only thing that can save the ABC, is it becoming more objective and fair in its reporting and move away from its leftist socialist bias

    Don’t see that happening – the place is infested . Only way to clean it up is to call in the exterminators, strip it down to a lean low cost media channel and flog it off to the highest bidder
    Will save the taxpayer $2Billion a year and the proceeds of the sale could pay down labor debt

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      The mask is wrong: you only need one eye hole. It seems that anything to the left of your view is too left. I suggest you read some European history, 1920-1950, and then think again.

      Such a simplistic view. The ABC is (by Act of Parliament) indiependant and publically funded. The arguments in its favour are too numerous to list here, but you could do some proper research.

      Having a politically selected right-wing parachuted chairperson is very undemocratic, and typical of this government.

      And no, I am not a Labor supporter, nor a Green. I just think about things with as open a mind as I can.

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      Objective? Like your comments?

      If you’re worried about the cost of democracy, you aren’t, then call for the abolition of the Turnbull tax cuts for the already rich. Can’t do that can we.

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      Yes – infestation is an excellent descriptor.

      It took a very long time for the Russians to change Pravda from a communist promoting rag into an agency that reports objectively.

      The ABC – Australia’s communist version of Pravda.

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      Truly the delusion is strong in some today…..

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      Lothario…Are you that stupid or just a shit stirring troll? It’s the ABC’s unbiased reporting that has threatened the NLP.

      The unbiased reports corporate corruption, banks, off shore detentions centres, kickbacks from the rich, water mismanagement, useless deals with Adani and etc. The list goes on and on with this corrupt useless Government.

      They were hoping the cutbacks which they promised would not be done would ruin the ABC but the cutbacks failed.

      That’s why Murdoch and Packer worshipping old, Buttrose was appointed by the NLP to finish off the job for them. Studio 10 is such a crap Murdoch show, hosted by rich and very out of touch women for rich and out of touch adults. The latest is Kerri-Anne Kennerley, the self proclaimed authority on our indigenous Australians.

      These rich, pampered and very plastic women are B grade celebrities and nothing else.

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      “I’ll lock in……… A. Eddy… Yes, lock it in:- “He’s stupid”….

      “You’re sure? For a millyun dullahs – well, it’s not MY money.. but you sure you want A? I mean, you could choose:- He’s stupid, he’s a troll, he’s stupid AND a troll, or he’s just plain paid for comment…. and you want A? I’ll give you another chance…. before we finalise that millyun dullahs…”

      “Ummm.. all right.. on second thought…… lock in C. He’s stupid AND a troll … my final answer, Eddy. Lock it in! Lock in C!”

      “All right then – it’s locked in” …. **raises eyebrows** … “and the answer is………… coming right after this break for our sponsor…”

      (you bastard, Eddy…)

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      You’re full of crap as usual oh fake one. Go take your medication you one eyed git

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      Feeling the ropes on your back, are you? Now – about that fake account – you owe me an apology for your accusation…..

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    Seems to me the selection panel may have consisted of 1 person, Morrison “thats why I asked her to take on this role”. The sheer arrogance of this man astounds me on a daily basis.

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      As opposed to the sheer stupidity and deviousness of Shorten

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      Of course the real worry is the agenda almost a grey hair.
      Is this a political appointment with instructions as to what to do or is this a genuine appointment? I suspect I know the answer to that question but will wait and see.

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      Shorten had no say here, Loathie – try to keep up….

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      For no apparent reason, I cannot post my comment. Trying as a reply in the hope it will get posted this time.
      I suspect the reason ScoMo wanted her was that she was once editor of the Daily Telegraph, the so-called newspaper owned by his pal Murdoch. He may well be in for a surprise though, Ita is not going to bow to his silly rightist views, she’s an independent, feisty lady who makes her own decisions. Go Ita, I say, and good luck with it!!

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      Interesting. Where there’s smoke there’s fire. I smell a Murdoch in the background and a government doing what it is told.

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      I have to agree, this is sheer arrogance by Morrison to ignore the selection panel and select someone else who is less qualified – just because she is a popular woman. The agenda? Meant to please the Feminists, and get women’s votes! Must NOT happen.

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      Lothario….TROLL…Shorten never appointed Buttrose.

      He got the Royal Commission into banks and exposed their corruption and treachery.

      The entire LNP voted against a Royal Commission into the banks at least several times.

      That is the evidence of SlowMo’s and bandits’ stupidity and corruption.

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      26 times jackie…and if Labor had not kept up the attack the banking corruption would have again been swept under the LNP carpet and we’d be still being robbed.
      Poor Lothario doesn’t have a corner to hide in. The truth is pretty confronting.

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      GeorgeM…Yes it’s sheer arrogance by Morrson to ignore the selection panel…just like it’s sheer arrogance for John Howard and Tony Abbot to ignore a the law with regard to their pedophile hero, Pell.

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      MICK…That’s correct. Lothario behaves like a Liberal politician. It wouldn’t surprise me he is one.

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      The final candidates chosen by the Independent Panel for presentation to the government to chose from have for quite some time not been chosen by the PM of the government in office. This way of choosing was set by law by a past Labor Government. So, if the PM doesn’t like the choices he can make his own choice, i.e. Ita Buttrose.
      If a Labor government was in power the reverse would apply.
      She is well qualified, respected, gets on well with people, if she has managed to work with Sir Frank Packer (who was known to be more of a tyrant than Kerry Packer) for many years and run her own businesses too, that speaks highly of her.
      Whether she is going to be Independent from Government interference we will know once she is in full swing. In her press conference she mentioned that her Father worked at the ABC for many years and she has “loved” it since she was a child. So, we will just have to wait and see. As a person she has presented herself throughout her various careers with dignity and respect. I hope this continues.

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      ..and if she’s an LNP bumgirl we can’t get rid of her for five years… what about a maximum of two years?

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      jackie, John Howard & Tony Abbott have nothing to do with this decision by Morrison – check your focus on the topic!

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      Talking about arrogant people (if you want to go away from the topic) – how about Paul Keating (the worst), Chris Bowen (most recently stated “Don’t vote for us”), etc, etc.

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      Trebor you frequently insult other contributors and others with your often graphic and highly abusive comments. However, this one at 4.52pm is disgusting even for you. Ms Buttrose has no right of reply as you well know, given she is highly unlikely to read this column. You should be ashamed.

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      Theboor often resorts to insulting women, racial slurs and misogynistic comments .
      Disgusting bigot

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      I am very wary of Captain’s picks such as this, but I think Morrison has just lucked on finding Ita for the role. Her views are generally moderate-progressive, so The PM can’t really be accused of parachuting in a right wing mole (please excuse the term).

      I dislike Morrison as much as the next person but I think it’s rash to assume he ignored the selection panel. We don’t know. Maybe he thought the selection panel hadn’t nominated anyone suitable? No women? Maybe he thought they were all too left wing? Maybe they were? (but I doubt it). So he inquired elsewhere & lucked upon Ita Buttrose, one of the most popular people in Australia who just happens to have very high credentials. Morrison can’t believe his luck! And, she’s a woman, so now he can say the Libs don’t have a problem promoting women. But he’s lucked out on that issue now that Julie Bishop has given them a serve. With Julie they had the chance to put their money where their mouth was, but it seems the LNP can only consider males for the top job, even if it means they lose government because of it. Don’t they realise that women have the vote now? Bishop was much more popular than Morrison and Dutton, according to all the polls. But the sitting PM, Malcolm Turnbull, was more popular than any of them. Why did they sack him?

      Perhaps the LNP thinks they’ll still win, knowing they can rely on the Murdoch Press to give them a big leg up to frighten people against Labor, (as per usual), & the official election campaign hasn’t even started yet! They can’t call an election until they’ve cleared their own decks of Ministers fleeing like stampeding rats, with replacements/pre-selections ready to go. Oh how they jostle! What fun! Dutton’s on the make for a safer seat. He’ll need it!

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    Seems like a good choice to me. She has a lot of experinece in the media and I don’t think anyone will be able to influence her. I thought I heard that a panel was put together to come up with candidates and the cost was $150,000. Are they kidding, what a typical waste of tax payers money. Where is the accountability with these deadbeat politicians.

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      Snowflake…What’s great about a b-grade plastic celebrity running the ABC? Nothing.

      SlowMo will be paying her a lot more than $150,000. The NLP specialise in giving away tax payer money to their friends and relatives. They have been doing it all along. Open your eyes Snowflake.

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      Yes Jackie he just gave one of the LNP friends a plum job in NZ.

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    “Life will go on as usual” well there’s a quick smack in the face to dissatisfied taxpayers who fund this media branch office of Labor/Greens. The ABC needs a good clean-out from the top down with all positions thrown open, inviting fresh new applicants, including new presenters from the conservative side of politics so there is some modicum of balance. Ita is a nice woman but her initial comments that she won’t hesitate to ask for more funding and that most Australians do not believe the ABC is biased is nonsense.

    There has never been an all-encompassing survey of the wider community about ABC bias. I also think they should have chosen a more youthful person. I guess the current “gender balance” racket had something to do with this appointment. With “gender balance” in the workplace there’s one unfortunate risk with the the results of choosing females over the best person for the job regularly being seen these days: the person chosen is not always the best applicant e.g. the former General Manager.

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      So what would you cut out? The 7:30 Report which goes after both sides? Four Corners which airs mostly big business corruption? Any panel discussions which mostly also air both sides?
      The issue I have with your comment is that it makes a broad statement but does not discuss WHAT the ABC is doing. I contend the political coverage, which is your issue, is fair. Of course the right is used to one sided reporting and the promotion of its party. This is what the right cannot accept: bare all reporting to expose ALL of the criminals.

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      Indeed, the ABC lads and lassies hammered Queen Julia when she was the head honcho of Labor Inc…. and quite a few other Labor people.

      They’ll do the same when Labor takes the helm again ……

      No bias whatsoever – just honest reporting.

      Hmm – very interesting – the former GM was a Lib pick as well and was supposed to substantially alter the approach of the ABC… just another loser handed a plum job for political reasons… and failing as usual….

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      Agreed Brissiegirl

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      Isn’t it strange TREBOR that the trolls have nothing of substance to come back with when served up the facts and the truth.
      God help us, they’ll shortly be back onto ‘pink batts and school halls’.

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      Brissiegirl…The LNP and Pauline Hanson can’t handle it each time an ABC reporter has made them look plain stupid with their unbiased questions.

      The ABC could do a better job at governing this country than the useless fools we have. I have a low personal opinion of adults that are pedophile enablers too.

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      Just because the ABC shows the good and bad of both sides of politics, does not mean they are biased Brissiegirl, you are the one who is biased, it comes over loud and clear in your posts on YLC’S. Please check out the websites Mick posted above for the true story.

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      Brissiegirl you’ve been watching too much Sky “News”, so hearing another view that’s left of Turnbull sounds like Commie Marxist propaganda. Come to think of it, wasn’t Turnbull a progressive (come Commie Marxist), that’s why he had to go? You need to get out more. Fascism will grind you down & make you joyless.

      After all the kerfuffle about avoiding quotas in the Liberal Party, do you really think the PM would appoint anyone on anything other than merit?
      Are you suggesting that Buttrose should consider herself a lucky little girl to be given such a big boy’s job? Should she be embarrassed to know she only got the job so the PM will look better in women’s eyes, not on her own merit?

      Thank heavens for the ABC, the only media source not beholden to big business interests.

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    I have great admiration for Ita Buttrose in a professional sense, she has achieved a great deal in the media and is an Australian Icon and I think she will do a good job. I do however have a problem with the government spending a huge amount of money on a wasted H.R. exercise only to give a “Captains Pick” to Ita. Fairness and transparency are important in any appointment especially this close to an election. I am also concerned at giving a 5 year contract to someone at the age of 77years. If our Judges have to retire at 70 what is different for this appointment?

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      I hadn’t even considered her age, she certainly is well accomplished, Its just the way Morrison operates, he has saved face by appointing a woman even if its not his job to act as selection panel. Anyway she can simply polish the seat for 5 yrs then collect a motza, she won’t have to worry about the OAP will she eh

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      My exact question Chrissy. WHY do you put somebody as old as Buttrose into this job? What’s the catch?
      The answer to that is in the selection process. Obvious dear Watson?

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      I’m not altogether persuaded on the long contract – such things, when dealing with one-sided politics, means that any incoming government of the ‘opposite stamp’ will have to play out a huge sum to get rid of a poor appointment or a poor work contract signed, sealed and delivered with huge payout clauses.

      Look at privatisation under the LNP – virtually impossible to foreclose and reverse such horrendous decisions without forking out billions and billions for work that will not be done… in other words this is setting in concrete the deplorable move that has cost the public so much and will continue to cost the public so much more than public … Grand Theft Government and such contracts should be determined by a court to be illegal…

      Nobody ‘sells’ a business and then guarantees the new ‘buyers’ for life of endless income, leaving the only solution to poor government decisions a popular uprising and resumption without compensation.

      How very ‘liberal’ of the LNP.

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      Geez TREBOR they’re gone. Do you think they had no answer to the ‘media bias’ chart I provided? Surely a few ‘pink batts and school halls’ could have been rolled out.
      They’ll be back………. Maybe after a taxpayer paid for lunch. We’ll see.

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      Easy victory there, Mick…. occasionally reality actually gets through their blatant bias and trolling (of some cases)… though it is normal not to attempt to refute facts and public figures etc – just to keep on doing a Goebbels and repeating the same line over and over.

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      But the cash for comment rolls CANNOT avoid the facts try as they will.

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    typical rabid right wing comment from Lothero, if you cannot beat the A.B.C, SELL IT, and then sell the S.B.S, OR reduce the operating budgets to emasculate them. The media barons who control over 70% of the print would love control and then shut them down, I was in the Pacific when the L.N.P. SOLD the overseas A.B.C. Operation to Channel Seven who scrapped the news/current affairs segments and replaced them with old episodes of “Home and Away”, of course the number of viewers collapsed and the service shut down.

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      Good post. Your recollection is going to be exactly what this government has in stall: turn the country into a dictatorship by never having any honest political reporting to give the other side a voice. That’s not in anybody’s interests other than the wealthy who will be the big winners.

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      80 plus and MICK..I agree. Murdoch’s puppets are making his agenda transparent.

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    I don’t know if Ita was the best choice because I don’t know who the other candidates were. I have a problem with Captains picks, and the abuse of power. At the very least she should have gone through the same process as the others.

    However, Ita is well respected and certainly has the journalistic credentials for the job. She was renown for her toughness as well as fairness. Sadly, she may quickly become disillusioned with the bureaucracy.

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      Abuse of power is an apt description but none of us will know until the decisions start to flow.
      I suspect Ita’s interview last night gave the game away. She said she needed to fix what was wrong at the ABC. The reality is the ABC is working fine and the only thing that is “wrong” is this government cannot hide its dirt and corruption, something the commercial media would do on most occasions if there were no other media outlets to hold it to account.

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      Give it a rest Mick
      Only a deaf and blind person or a dishonest one would not admit that the ABC is blatantly biased towards the left

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      Give it a rest Mick
      Only a deaf and blind person or a dishonest one would not admit that the ABC is blatantly biased towards the left

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      I’ve noticed a serious bias to the right under the control of the last ‘manager’…….

      “TWO independent audits into the ABC’s coverage of the federal election campaign and the asylum seeker issue have concluded it was impartial and its news coverage of asylum seekers was of a high standard.”

      https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/audits-exonerate-abc-over-bias-claims/news-story/3ad4ba13a0751a74c2b417c13dcb52d6

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      https://www.reddit.com/r/australia/comments/8vgokb/australia_media_bias_chart/

      Now what were you saying about a blind or a dishonest person Lothario. Please respond to the FACTS on the above web page. No comment?????

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      Sundays…Have a look at Ita’s experience.

      Her last position at Studio 10 was as a host for a celebrity panel of self appointed experts sharing their views on things they can’t relate to.

      Cleo magazine was all about sex, for women aged 20 – 40.

      The Australian Women’s Weekly full of celebrity gossip and light hearted banter about recipes for luncheons for women to host.

      If commercial media no longer wants Ita why should the ABC have her dumped on them. They were doing very well without her. The last ABC chairwoman was a Liberal and did a bad job too.

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      Jackie, I have to disagree with you. I read both those magazines and at that time they published articles that were not always light hearted and tackled topics ignored by other magazines. The Womens Weekly Is not to be confused with Woman’s Day. In any case readership soared. You forgot her being editor of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph where she was the first female editor and the work she did for Aids as chairperson of Nacaids. I haven’t heard that staff at the ABC are unhappy with her appointment. The decider will be if she goes in to bat for them

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      Can’t handle the truth Lothario so you just resort to insults.

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      MICK I think you might be reading too much into Ita saying she’ll “fix the ABC”. I presumed she meant she’ll sort out the problems between the Chair & the GM. They have to get on well together for both of them to do a good job. As you say, we’ll see. I hope you’re wrong on this.

      She doesn’t strike me as the kind of person to be anyone’s puppet. She seems fairly progressive in most of her opinions & she also strikes me as someone with a very high level of integrity. I think she’ll be really good & she may even call out the right-wingers about their bias against the ABC (but of course then she’ll be labelled as a Marxist! Another bloody lefty at the ABC helm!)

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    I’ve met Ita and sh eis a nice lady. Not entirely sure that women’s magazines are the good oil for running the ABC.. but hey – how hard can it be?

    I don’t think she is likely to obey orders from Head Office LNP or anything…. not a hard enough Liberal.

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      TREBOR..She is obeying orders from the Head Office LNP by taking up a position she knows she is incapable of doing but the money is too good to resist.

      She has been out of work for years and things have changed so from back then when she worked for Murdoch and Packer.

      Can she guarantee she will be around for the next 5 years let alone tomorrow. She is definitely too old for the position and should never had let greed get the better of this wealthy Liberal lady.

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      Good points jackie – I didn’t start by considering her age etc and lack of currency in the business… next door neighbour has taken a job as a TAFE teacher, and needs hands-on experience every two years to remain current… same should apply… but of course not to politicians who are an inexperienced and unqualified rabble in the main…

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      Too old for the job Jackie?, that depends a lot on the person, their health, state of mind, experience etc, as to wether Ita can handle the job, well that remains to be seen.

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      jackie I don’t think Ita’s hard up for a job or money. She’s been extremely successful over her career. Don’t underestimate her. She took the job because she wants the job.

      I think it’s great that someone from the gutter press will be Chair of the ABC. Ita has such a broad life experience – it will be refreshing to have someone with such media & business smarts in the Chair, especially if she secures the funding the ABC has lost since the Libs came to office (despite Tony Abbott saying on the eve of his election “There’ll be no cuts to the ABC or SBS”, among other last minute election lies about health, education, etc.).

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    Have watched ABC for over 65yrs as the TV to watch and to get fair and objective views, however, over this decade the ABC has just turned into a vehicle for its leftist socialist bias group, which has overtaken the ABC of being a fair and objective in its reporting. The program “Media Watch” a 15 minute program is one of the most costly to run, has 16 staff and such a leftist presenter – such a great waste of money! “Q & A” another totally bias

    program with stacked audiences. Due to this, there are so many of their ABC watchers turn off and turn to on turn onto the SBS. So Ida Buttrose may be a very welcome with her media experience to make ABC more objective.

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