Mark Scott the managing director of the ABC said last night at a function in Melbourne” the ABC is clearly Australia, it’s on the side of Australia.” Mr Scott also reminded his listeners of the function the ABC plays a vital role and is central to Australia’s democracy. He also pointed out at the ABC is an independent public broadcaster, and not a state broadcaster.
As an independent public broadcaster, the ABC is a vital part of Australia’s democracy, Mr. Scott reminded people, “Free speech principles mean giving platforms to those with whom we fundamentally disagree.”
The ABC has been under a ferocious attack from the Federal Government after an episode of Q&A was aired were a formally accused and acquitted would be terrorist asked a question on the show and followed up with a comment that some saw as a” call to Arms”.
Since the broadcasting of the controversial episode Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been on the attack and has demanded at the ABC tell Australians which side it is on. The Prime Minister has gone as far as accusing the ABC of the train Australia.
The managing director of the ABC said “in any team, you could be playing on the same side, but often you be playing in a different position, with a different role and responsibility, you’re on the same side, but with a different job to do”