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Write to the ABC Board and ABC Management. Online petitions are easy to use. But sending your own letter has a great impact.
If you want to maintain an independent public broadcaster, then you must speak out.
Overwhelming public support in 1996 prevented the Mansfield Review from doing ‘the job’ on the ABC it was established to do. Many actions have influenced decision-makers since.
In your own words, let politicians know:
Include some or all of the following points;
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), which examines complaints about television and radio content, conducted some 200 ABC investigations between the years 2012 and 2017. In all those investigations it found but one breach of impartiality and none of accuracy.
Seek the Chairman’s assurance that he will ensure the ABC flourishes as Australia’s truly independent national public broadcaster—independent of government influence and uncompromised by commercial activities.
Independence from government and business allows the ABC to scrutinise the activities of governments and other powerful forces, to report without fear or favour.
Independence enables the ABC to be innovative, and to be a comprehensive broadcaster catering for diverse interests. Unlike commercial broadcasters it is not restricted to providing only what advertisers will pay for.
You action is needed to ensure the ABC’s independence is not lost – through government interference or back-door commercialisation.
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