Are you weary of the ABC?

The ABC, our national broadcaster funded by taxpayers, has been criticized for failing to represent the diverse views of the nation. Approximately 25 percent of the population actively engages with the ABC, while an increasing number abstain from its content. This disengagement stems from the perception that the ABC caters primarily to a specific demographic—the “red and greens,” a group that tends to dominate public discourse despite being a minority.

This bias became glaringly evident during a recent referendum, where the ABC displayed a clear inclination towards the ‘Yes’ case. The aftermath saw the ABC providing a platform for the vitriol directed at the 61 percent who chose not to support constitutional changes, revealing a stark contrast between the broadcaster’s favoured perspective and the broader national sentiment.

Despite growing discontent, tuning out seems to be the prevalent response from those dissatisfied with the ABC. Years of perceived leftist bias on issues ranging from racial politics to climate have left viewers resigned to the status quo. The ABC’s unapologetic partiality is accepted as a constant, akin to the weather.

However, change is possible if there is political will. The evident bias within the ABC goes beyond mere program time comparisons; it extends to editorial emphasis, the selection of interviewees, and the overall tone of coverage. Instances of biased reporting, such as a young female Indigenous reporter expressing subjective views on behalf of “her people,” contribute to the perception of imbalance.

Calls for reform are surprisingly muted, considering the potential for change. Transitioning the ABC to a user-pays model, similar to a streaming service, could be a viable solution. In such a system, the broadcaster’s income would be directly tied to its ability to attract viewers and listeners. This would not only be fairer but would also eliminate the need for additional taxpayer-funded handouts. Furthermore, in the age of online information, the traditional role of national broadcasters is questioned, making them seem like relics from a bygone era.

In essence, a user-pays model aligns with both the principles of broadcasting and democracy. It allows the broadcaster to address financial concerns independently, rather than relying on periodic government subsidies. This alternative approach, compared to providing more funding for the status quo, ensures a fairer distribution of costs among those who actively consume the content.


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  • Kenneth Taylor November 10, 2023   Reply →

    As far as I am concerned, the sooner that the A.B.C. is broken up and sold of to Private Enterprise the better. It has outlived it’s time with the people and is now just a free voice for the Left and radicle minority movements. It has also become a terrible drain on the economy and the broadcasters budget.

  • John C Lynch Ret Sapper RAE 2 DIV November 10, 2023   Reply →

    Why do we have to know the indigenous name the broadcaster is broadcasting from? It started about the time the Government announced the referendum. I do believe the ABC is a political instrument of the Government. What happened to free speech and remember who pay for the ABC?

    • Alan Foyle November 13, 2023   Reply →

      Believe me, I do not give a flying f*ck as to where the ABC broadcast from. We have accepted names for various locations and some First Nation push to force us to hand over our rights to land that, who would guess, suddenly becomes valuable on the property market, can kiss my arse. I will fight your aggressive takeover of our country with every ounce of my being. All my support goes to the IDF.

  • Peter Knight November 10, 2023   Reply →

    A user pays model would be best.

  • Gavan Leahy November 10, 2023   Reply →

    Why so critical of the Abc. They are required to give equal time to political parties, and its proven they do. In the bushfires in Melbourne’s east many years ago, John Faine, ABC radio Melb received critical acclaim from those affected and by both sides of politics for broadcasts on the fire ground. If you listen to their podcasts you will see outstanding work in urban and regional communities. These services are aimed at farming communities ,such as Conversations, Victorian Country Hour, The Health Report , A Big Country and many more. Why not tune into Australia All Over on a Sunday morning with Macca. He’s been doing the show for 40 years with millions of listeners. There is so much more on ABC television as well. Tune in and give it a go– after all it’s your ABC. You just might be surprised.

    • Alan Foyle November 13, 2023   Reply →

      I’d be surprised if they ever broadcasted anything not supportive of the Lefties. Make it a subscriber option so my tax dollars are not supporting the likes of Mr. McGOO, the worst PM we have ever had. As for the rest of those Labor clowns, look out for your jobs. The chimpanzee cage at Taronga Park Zoo have their eyes on your jobs.

  • Ralph Schwer November 10, 2023   Reply →

    For a similar reason, the Murdoch Press should be broken up and sold for its one-eyed bias against just about everything.

  • stevow November 12, 2023   Reply →

    If it were not for the Murdoch press we would never know anything outside of the lefty ABC propaganda. Having said that I am not a fan of the Murdochs or their empire, no businesses, techs included, should be allowed to get so big and influencial that they can sway elections or control free speech.

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