PM wants Q&A to shift to News & Current Affairs
Tony Abbott will lift ban if ABC moves Q&A out of its Entertainment umbrella.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged the ABC move Q & A to its News and Current Affairs umbrella -in return he will lift an imposed ban.
“Front benchers look forward to resuming their participation on Q & A once this move takes place,” he wrote in a letter to ABC Chairman, Jim Spigelman, Fairfax reports.
Such a move would mean the show falls into line with news balance and accountability.
Currently the programme exists under the Entertainment umbrella.
Yesterday TV Tonight flagged the question of moving the show in a range of questions reviewers Shaun Brown and Ray Martin could recommend in their review.
But the recommendation by Tony Abbott could be awkward for the broadcaster, which needs to be seen to be independent of government influence.
Fairfax suggests ABC will not rush to a decision, with the issue expected to be discussed at the August ABC board meeting.
Malcolm Turnbull is yet to confirm his Monday appearance on Q & A despite ABC promoting him as a panelist yesterday.