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ABC requests action against leak journalists be dropped, Minister Dutton rejects request

Sunday 14 July, 2019

The ABC has written to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton asking for any police action into two of the broadcaster's journalists to be dropped, but Minister Dutton has rejected the ABC's request, saying "nobody is above the law."

ABC managing director David Anderson (pictured) told staff in an email that the national broadcaster preferrs "to break news rather than be the news."

Judith Whelan appointed ABC's Director of Regional and Local

Thursday 11 July, 2019

Judith Whelan has been confirmed as Director of ABC Regional & Local, replacing Michael Mason.

She has been acting in the role since Mason retired last November.

ABC Managing Director David Anderson says Whelan’s considerable experience in senior media roles at the Sydney Morning Herald and more recently managing television, radio and digital content at the ABC, has made her the perfect choice for the role. 

Breakthrough in search for original State of Origin call

Wednesday 03 July, 2019

Retired Gold Coast journalist Ross Thompson has revived his 40-year search for a copy of his radio call of the first State of Origin match at Brisbane’s Lang Park in 1980.
Thompson was the lone commercial radio caller to broadcast the match through Tweed station 2MW after all metropolitan stations in Sydney, Brisbane and country areas decided the match would be little more than an exhibition game or a picnic outing for NSW.

ABC Chair and MD meet the PM

Tuesday 11 June, 2019
The ABC Chair, Ita Buttrose, has met with PM Scott Morrision to discuss the recent raid on ABC headquaters at Ultimo by the AFP.

No details of the meeting have been released other than a statement by the ABC outlining the meeting that also included ABC Managing Director, David Anderson and the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher.

The ABC sent out the following release

Ita Buttrose tells the Goverment she is gravely concerned about AFP raid

Friday 07 June, 2019
ABC Chair, Ita Buttrose has expressed her concern about the AFP raid on the Ultimo headquarters of the broadcaster, and has sought an assurance from Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher "..that the ABC not be subject to future raids ."

Escape from Iran

Monday 27 May, 2019

2018 recipient of the AFTRS/ABC Selwyn Speight scholarship, Pariya Taherzadeh, has produced a feature for the ABC’s History Listen called Escape from Iran.
She was awarded the scholarship which is made available through a bequest from the late, distinguished ABC journalist Selwyn Speight.

Labor will boost ABC budget by $40 mil, if elected

Sunday 12 May, 2019

Speaking at a pre-election event yesterday in Melbourne, jointly organised by ABC Alumni and ABC Friends, ALP leader Bill Shorten said, “The Liberals have to learn, ‘Hands off the ABC’.”

ABC Voter Score Card campaign rolls out as voters consider their election choices

Sunday 05 May, 2019
The community and public sector union (CPSU) has begun a campaign urging voters to consider party positions on the national broadcaster in their electoral choice on May 18.

David Anderson appointed ABC Managing Director

Friday 03 May, 2019

David Anderson has been confirmed as the ABC's new Managing Director.

The Walkley Foundation establishes an award in Sean Dorney's name

Tuesday 09 April, 2019

Veteran reporter Sean Dorney has given his name to a $10,000 journalism grant, to be awarded annually by the Walkley Foundation commencing in 2019.
The Sean Dorney Grant for Pacific Journalism will support a significant work of Australian journalism about an under-reported issue or development in the region.


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