Please Explain podcast: Is our national broadcaster for ‘inner city left-wing elites’?
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Gaven Morris, the director of news at the ABC, told staff they were too focused on the interests of "inner-city left-wing elites" and linked his concerns about editorial coverage to the national broadcaster's ongoing funding from taxpayers.
According to Mr. Morris, these remarks referred to the public's perception of the national broadcaster and it was wrong for anyone to infer he was suggesting government funding could be threatened if news coverage didn't change.
The broadcaster has made no secret it's concentrating on growing its audience in the outer suburbs and regions. It is an explicit goal of the news division's editorial strategy "more relevant to more Australians".
But some staff are concerned Mr. Morris intends to let government funding dictate the ABC's coverage.
In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley is joined by deputy editor of the Sun Herald Michael Koziol to discuss whether the ABC caters to all Australians and the level of government influence in the national broadcaster's coverage.
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