Former Prime Minister Paul Keating is the latest to weigh in with criticism of the ABC.
Speaking at Melbourne University, Keating praised SBS News at the expense of ABC.
“In the case of the ABC news, if you want to watch a good news service, watch SBS news, which tells you what’s happening in Iraq, what’s happening in the US election, what’s happening with Donald Trump,” he said.
“What you get on the ABC is: ‘A truck has just overturned on the Pacific Highway’. It’s like in the 1970s. The ABC is letting Australia down in terms of news presentation.
“In the case of the 7:30 Report it is a news magazine, instead of a hard news breaking operation.”
His comments follow Indigenous leader Noel Pearson accusing the public broadcaster of stories build around misery and tragedy. The comments were made at a book launching a Keating biography.
“He’s taken the view that Aboriginal people are best when they are able to earn their own income and live their own independent lives and that welfare diminishes their standing and inner confidence,” Keating said today.
“It may be true to say — and I am not saying it — that the ABC promulgates the view that the shift away form the welfare basis was the wrong way to go.”
ABC rejected Mr. Pearson’s views defending that the ABC provides more coverage of Indigenous issues and has a broader Indigenous staffing profile than any other Australia media outlet.