SBS boss: Merger? What merger?
Michael Ebeid says only the ABC is interested in a merger with SBS. "Nobody in Canberra is talking about it."
SBS managing director Michael Ebeid has talked down speculation of a merger with ABC telling the House of Representatives Standing Committee for Communications and Arts, that ABC appears to be the only ones focussed on the idea.
“Nobody that I speak to in government is talking about it, nobody in Canberra is talking about it, the opposition certainly made it very clear they’re not interested in talking about it,” he said.
“We have said time and time again when this topic rears its head every year or two, SBS does provide a very unique service.
“We have a very unique culture within the organisation; we do things at a fraction of the cost of the ABC, so economically, the idea of a merger just doesn’t stack up in any way shape or form.”
Ebeid also disputed the $40m savings outgoing ABC managing director Mark Scott referenced during his National Press Club address.
“I would say that some of the figures that Mr Scott said at the National Press Club, as far as we’re concerned, are incorrect and the economics don’t work,” hesaid.
“I’m far more interested in hearing the views of the incoming managing director than the outgoing managing director on that topic.”