Australian Media – Fairfax Media Wakes Up: Yes, ABC Is Stealing Its Audience

Posted on Thu 05/18/2017 by


By Andrew Bolt ~

I’ve long warned the ABC misuses taxpayers’ money to help drive Fairfax out of business, giving news and views for free to the same Left-wing audience that Fairfax must sell to to survive.

Fairfax staff have not wanted to confront this, because they see the ABC as ideological allies rather than commercial rivals.

But finally Fairfax boss Greg Hywood says the obvious:

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Hywood did make a good point on the ABC. Testifying in Sydney, yesterday:

The ABC is creating additional pressure on local commercial media by aggressively competing with the same audience that commercial media rely on by providing online content for free …

He also criticised Aunty using taxpayer money to buy ads on Google and Facebook. The Australian’s report from Monday:

It means the ABC is forcing commercial news organisations to spend more money on marketing in a sector already under pressure.

Greens senator Scott Ludlam lost interest when Aunty came under scrutiny … Ludlam tweeting from the subcommittee, yesterday:

Mr Hywood is now complaining about the ABC taking traffic away from Fairfax and, to be honest, I think we’re done here.

Ludlum is someone more interested in the side than the principle. Who toots the Greens’ trumpet louder than the ABC?

Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.

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