Australian Politics – The Budget: ABC Media Funding Cut

Posted on Wed 05/09/2018 by


By Andrew Bolt ~

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Logo

A promising start, but no more:  

The Government has announced it will freeze the ABC’s annual funding indexation for three years from July 2019, costing the organisation $84 million.

ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie said freezing the indexation amounted to cutting the broadcaster.

She said the $84 million cut would be compounded by a decision to cut $43 million in funding for news and current affairs.

She said the decision would make it very difficult for the ABC to meet its charter requirements and audience expectations.

The article then went on to say:

The Labor Party’s communications spokeswoman Michelle Rowland called the budget a test of the Prime Minister’s commitment to public broadcasting.

She said the ABC cuts meant he had clearly failed the test.

The total annual funding from the public purse for the ABC (Australia’s National Broadcaster) is $1.2 Billion.

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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