The fight to Save our ABC

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We've taken the fight to defend our ABC's independence directly to the Coalition. And it's all thanks to you.

The Morrison government has a dangerous opportunity to control the future of our ABC by handpicking it's new Chair – after the former Chairman was forced to resign over revelations he tried to fire journalists for reporting that angered the government.1

Together, our incredible movement sprang into action to expose Morrison's sham selection process for the new ABC Chair to the public. 6,195 GetUp members chipped in to fund our explosive Inside Job investigative report and custom minisite – which was viewed over 60,000 times.

Screenshot of the Inside Job website
 

We uncovered all the Coalition's dirty tricks to install another of their cronies as the ABC's Chair – like asking a Liberal party donor and former Coalition MP to run the supposedly 'independent' selection process.2

And we shone a light on Morrison's prefered pick for the ABC chair role, former Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood, showing the world how he gutted Fairfax newsrooms3 and sold out the masthead's editorial independence4 – while pocketing himself a $8.6million payout.5

Photo of former Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood
 
 

The report grabbed serious media attention – dominating headlines and newsfeeds across the country. And it caught the public imagination, with our petition to defend our ABC's independence reaching over 53,000 people in electorates right around the country.

Headline from The Advertiser: GetUp to blitz MPs over ABC; Headline from The Australian: ABC selection process targeted
 

Everyone was talking about it – even Walkley award-winning ABC veteran Quentin Dempster, and Sydney Morning Herald journo, Tim Elliott.

Quentin Dempster''s tweetTim Elliot from SMH''s tweet
 

And to spread the word even wider, we got our friends at Juice Media to produce a 'surprisingly honest and informative ad' that is sure to ruffle a few feathers in Canberra.

Juice Media''s honest and informative ad
 

But the best part? 8,600 of you personally emailed copies of our damning report to your local Coalition MPs and Senators to put them on notice. And a few cheeky Bananas even showed up at their offices to deliver the report in person.😉🍌

Bananas showing up at local MPs offices
 

In the face of the gravest threat to our ABC's independence, our incredible movement stood up, fought back, and proved that political intimidation is no match for people power. Together, we've shown just how much overwhelming public support there is for a truly independent public broadcaster.

 

We wanted to take a moment to thank you for getting us this far.

 

But the fight is far from over. Morrison will handpick the new Chair any day now.

And with the Coalition staring down the possibility of years in opposition, they're going to want to corrupt the ABC as much as possible while they still can.

Together, we'll send Morrison a message that'll carry right through to Election day – if you attack our ABC's independence, you'll pay at the ballot box.

 

With gratitude and solidarity,
Ed, Jai, Patrick, and Ezreena, for the GetUp team

 

 

PS - We're going to show the Coalition that any attempt to corrupt our ABC's independence will cost them on election day.

References:
[1] Minister Mitch Fifield lodges sixth complaint about the ABC in five months, Sydney Morning Herald, 1 June 2018.
[2] Search for new ABC chairman already tainted, Australian Financial Review, 24 October 2018.
[3] End of the Fairfax era: The complex legacy of Greg Hywood, Sydney Morning Herald, 3 December 2018.
[4] Nine reveals 92 redundancies in wake of Fairfax Media merger, Sydney Morning Herald, 3 December 2018.
[5] Greg Hywood announces his own redundancy, $8.2m pay day, Australian Financial Review, 27 July 2018.

 
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