ABC’s implosion, in which managing director Michelle Guthrie was fired by chairman Justin Milne, was the biggest story in 2018 according to TV Tonight readers.
It topped the list in the Story of the Year category. The saga dominated media stories in September and October, triggering investigations into political interference and became the subject of a Four Corners exposé on ABC itself.
Guthrie is currently pursuing legal action against the broadcaster while a new managing director and chairman are yet to be announced.
In second place was the ongoing fallout of 2017’s #MeToo revolution (it topped the list in 2017). Various court cases involving actors Geoffrey Rush, Craig McLachlan and John Jarratt have been prominent in headlines across the year.
A major shake-up of sports rights, particularly involving Tennis & Cricket swapping networks, nabbed third place.
Some readers also left comments regarding Karl’s firing from Today in this category, which took place after voting commenced.
But there was good news for ABC too, voted as Best Free to Air channel once again.
* denotes runaway winner
Story of the Year.
Best Free to Air Channel: ABC
Best Subscription TV Channel: Showcase
Best Streaming Service: Netflix *
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There were 568 surveys completed this year, up on last year’s 433.
38% of you visit the site More than Once a Day, and 31% visit Once a Day.
92% of readers voted the site Excellent or Very Good. Not a single vote chose Disappointing!
Thanks once again to all who participated!