Days like these are not easy: Acting ABC MD David Anderson

In the wake of Justin Milne’s resignation from the position of ABC Chairman, Acting Managing Director David Anderson has put out a message to ABC staff:


Dear Colleagues,

As everyone is now aware, Justin Milne has resigned as ABC Chairman after several very difficult days for the ABC.

Let me reassure you that the ABC’s independence is paramount and can never be compromised.

As our Director of News Gaven Morris wrote yesterday, the Australian public has asked to be reassured that the ABC’s independence is protected. It has been and it always will be. Our staff should feel confident they can do their job without interference and Australians can continue to trust their national broadcaster as they always have.

As stated already, the ABC is quite clear that it is the duty of the Board to “maintain the independence and integrity of the Corporation”. The Act also requires the Board to ensure that ABC reporting is “accurate and impartial” and that policies and processes are in place to guarantee independence and impartiality.

The role of the Managing Director and the Leadership Team is to implement those policies and processes.

I understand the upset and disquiet caused to many of our people through these events and want to offer you my support and that of the ABC Leadership Team in every way.

I want to assure you that the Leadership Team is focused on getting on with the job we do best: delivering Australia’s best journalism and Australian content for our audiences.

Days like these are not easy, but you should all be proud of what you do. We are here to serve the Australian people and I want to thank you for your continued dedication and professionalism during this time.


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