The event is the start of a national campaign.
Hosted by ABC Friends, a rally scheduled for this Sunday 8 July in Sydney will be the start of a ‘national campaign’ to defend the ABC as ‘an independent and trusted source of news, information and entertainment for generations of Australians’.
Speakers will include Kerry O’Brien, Magda Szubanski, Philip Adams and Tom Keneally.
The rally will be held at the NSW Teachers’ Federation Auditorium
37 Reservoir Street
Surry Hills (close to Central Station)
Sundy 8 July, 2-4pm
Meanwhile, ABC news executive Gaven Morris told staff they can support the ABC, but not enter a partisan political debate.
“Ultimately we’re journalists and production professionals,” he told staff in a memo. “Our personal views should always be very separate to the work we do on behalf of all Australians.”
Morris said staff should not use ABC platforms or their personal social media to “engage in any campaigning or partisan commentary about the current ABC debate”. But he did not ban staff from attending rallies and some presenters, including Phillip Adams and Jon Faine, have been given permission to speak.