It’s time we asked what the ABC is for

In November 2015, Fairfax announced that News Corp Australia would shed 55 editorial staff across its major titles. Meanwhile, The Australian reported that Fairfax is planning to shed 150 Metro Media jobs by May 2016.

Below is a piece I wrote for the Sydney Morning Herald on why the ABC needs to take charge of its own destiny as well as acknowledge the effect it has on the entire Australian media landscape.

First published 7 January 2016.

New ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie is entering upon one of the nation’s most important and influential jobs as an unknown quantity. So far, she has offered a few motherhood statements about the organisation that she will lead and the innovative technologies she plans to focus on.

She has been criticised for having no plan. But how can the new MD announce plans for the ABC’s future when there is no clear sense of what it exists to do? The public broadcaster desperately needs some profound introspection to prepare it for the decade ahead. Continue reading