Former Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh is tipped to lead the upcoming efficiency review of the ABC and SBS.
He will be joined by former acting Australian Communications and Media Authority chairman Richard Bean, according to media reports such as the Australian Financial Review.
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield declined to comment on who would be heading the efficiency review but made clear it would not consider changes to either the public broadcaster’s charter, the editorial policies of the national broadcasters, allowing advertising on the ABC, charging for digital services, privatisation or a merger of the pair.
“The ABC and SBS are vital public news and cultural institutions that are an important underpinning of media diversity and represent a major Commonwealth contribution to civic journalism,” Senator Fifield said.
“In the fast-evolving world of media organisations, it is important to support our public broadcasters to be the best possible stewards of taxpayer dollars in undertaking their important work for the community. In the May budget the government announced a review to support the organisations to identify best public broadcasting practice.
“The review will assist the public broadcasters as they approach the next funding triennium through which more than $3.9 billion will be provided from July 2019.”
The efficiency review is in addition to one already underway about competitive neutrality of public broadcasters.