Some 500 people turned out to hear Holmes and Quentin Dempster speaking out against cuts to the broadcaster. The rally was jointly organised by Friends of the ABC and activist group GetUp!
Protesters holding placards cried “Shame” as Dempster criticised potential cuts to Lateline and state-based editions of 7:30.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has this week sought to focus the decision on where cuts will be impacted back onto ABC management.
The ABC Board is not expected to make announcements about programming today.