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July 3, 2003

This is Tim on media diversity. Privatise the ABC. In his weekly column The Continuing Crisis in The Bulletin Tim says:

"Hot topic of the week: media diversity. Easy to see why, too; one Australian media organisation has media outlets in every state, plus additional networks that broadcast nationally. This Orwellian empire presents an almost complete lack of diversity. For the sake of Australian democracy, the ABC must be broken down and sold off."

Tim is not venting his spleen here. That is what his weblog is about. In this guise Tim is playing at being one of the avant garde. He is trying to provoke and shock us out of our complacency with public broadcasting.

Trouble is the arrows are directed at the Howard Government for not having the political courage to privatise the ABC. It does not stand enough for political principle. Too caught up in expediency.

Privatising the ABC would make for yet another double dissolution trigger would it not? It would help Howard to get the political edge over the ALP. Help to trap Labor.

Is that the politics of the media avant garde?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 1:19 PM | | Comments (1)


No, it's just TB exercising his blatant anti-ABC bias. He's still pissed off because they didn't like his presentation style on air. Ye Gods, on paper is bad enough.