ABC will need to find a new location for key New Year’s Eve fireworks after AMP declined access to its Circular Quay building this December.
Media Watch last night revealed ABC was advised of the change the day after a Four Corners story into corporate greed and deception at AMP, following the Royal Commission. The report said AMP was once a trusted blue chip Australian company but it’s reputation is now in tatters after evidence it charged customers fees for no service and repeatedly lied to the corporate regulator.
ABC has used one of 2 AMP buildings for 5 years to gain prime Sydney Harbour shots of the NYE fireworks with a camera and relay equipment.
The day after the Four Corners story AMP sent an email advising that the balcony would not be available to use this coming NYE, and it signed off: “Good luck with finding an alternative solution.”
An AMP spokesperson told Media Watch, “We informed City of Sydney last year that AMP would be using the space for the next two years before we move to a new headquarters. Therefore, the arrangement wrapped up after last New Year’s Eve. Similarly, this is why we declined the ABC request.”
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