On her first day as ABC’s new managing director Michelle Guthrie has written to staff, flagging changes ahead.
“We must extend our reach and our relevance into areas where we are under-represented,” she wrote.
“That means more diversity in both our staff and our content.
“We must collaborate more, with a clear focus on serving the audience, regardless of platform or device.”
“Australia is changing and we need to change with it,” she said.
“Shaped by my background and work experience, I passionately believe that the ABC should be relevant to all citizens.”
Meanwhile, ABC will learn of its next funding in the federal budget tomorrow night.
Fairfax tips the broadcaster will receive $13.5 million a year in funding for its Enhanced News Gathering initiative – almost as much as the $15 million it requested. The Australian expects cuts of around $5 million.
“On Wednesday, I will inform you of the details and the ABC’s response,” she said of the funding.