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We are not proposing to be above the law: ABC submission to Security Committee

Tuesday 13 August, 2019
“The ABC thinks national security is important and we are not proposing that we be above the law,” said David Anderson, fronting the national broadcaster’s submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

The ABC’s submission, taking place this morning, is focusing on “responsible changes” that could be made to the current laws, so that security issues are taken into account, but that media and whistleblowers can report independently in the public interest.
 

Police raids on media had a chilling effect: Security Committee in session today

Tuesday 13 August, 2019
The Parliamentary Committee inquiring into security issues after the recent raids on media is sitting today in Sydney to discuss the issues raised by media after the recent raids.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security will be in session all day today.

radioinfo is there.

The consortium led by the ABC, News Limited and Channel Nine is currently presenting to the committee, to explain further its submission that says the recent raids have had "a chilling effect" on journalists and whistleblowers.

Government reintroduces the ABC Amendment Bill

Tuesday 06 August, 2019
Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has re-introduced legislation which would create a regional advisory council for the ABC to reflect on the views of local communities.
 
The council will be made up of members who have a substantial connection to, or substantial experience in, a regional community through business, industry or community involvement.
 

ABC submission to Joint Intelligence Committee will highlight outdated laws

Wednesday 31 July, 2019
The police raids on the ABC “were an extraordinary act,” according to the national broadcaster’s Managing Director David Anderson.
 

Our country is a better place because of journalists and whistleblowers: Andrew Wilkie MP

Tuesday 30 July, 2019
Independent Tasmanian MP Andrew Wilkie gave a talk this evening in Parliament House Canberra about independent media.
 
Wilkie, a former army officer and intelligence analyst in the Office of National Assessments (ONA), knows first hand about the importance of independent media.
 

ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry final report is released

Friday 26 July, 2019

The Government has released the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry final report that, amongst other topics, has looked at the relationship between news media businesses and digital platforms.

ABC requests action against leak journalists be dropped, Minister Dutton rejects request

Sunday 14 July, 2019

The ABC has written to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton asking for any police action into two of the broadcaster's journalists to be dropped, but Minister Dutton has rejected the ABC's request, saying "nobody is above the law."

ABC managing director David Anderson (pictured) told staff in an email that the national broadcaster preferrs "to break news rather than be the news."

Judith Whelan appointed ABC's Director of Regional and Local

Thursday 11 July, 2019

Judith Whelan has been confirmed as Director of ABC Regional & Local, replacing Michael Mason.

She has been acting in the role since Mason retired last November.

ABC Managing Director David Anderson says Whelan’s considerable experience in senior media roles at the Sydney Morning Herald and more recently managing television, radio and digital content at the ABC, has made her the perfect choice for the role. 

Breakthrough in search for original State of Origin call

Wednesday 03 July, 2019

Retired Gold Coast journalist Ross Thompson has revived his 40-year search for a copy of his radio call of the first State of Origin match at Brisbane’s Lang Park in 1980.
 
Thompson was the lone commercial radio caller to broadcast the match through Tweed station 2MW after all metropolitan stations in Sydney, Brisbane and country areas decided the match would be little more than an exhibition game or a picnic outing for NSW.
 

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