Media Alliance welcomes the National Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill 2010

sm mediaThe Media Alliance welcomes the historic passing of National Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill 2010. The passing of the legislation means a staff-elected director position will be reinstated on the ABC Board. New rules will also be introduced to ensure merit-based selection for other Board appointments.

These changes reverse the tendency by previous Governments to make controversial political appointments to the Board. Historically, the staff elected director has been an anchor for the ABC’s independence, the integrity of its journalism, and its commitment to delivering on its Charter.

The staff-elected director has also been instrumental in providing strong representation for staff in the major decisions affecting their workplace. The changes are therefore a significant and timely win for ABC journalists, who more than ever face major challenges in terms of both funding and technological upheaval. The Media Alliance looks forward to working with the staff-elected director on future campaigns concerning local, state and national newsgathering.

“In light of announcements earlier this week from Fairfax and News Limited signalling major downsizing of news rooms, the role of the ABC as an independent, ethical institution is more important than ever,” said acting federal secretary of the Alliance Paul Murphy.

The Media Alliance would like to thank all its members and organisers who have lobbied hard behind the scenes for this change, alongside colleagues in the CPSU and the tireless Friends of the ABC.