ABC boss: No evidence we are biased
ABC managing director David Anderson rejects claims of bias and accusations he is politicising during an election.
.@mjrowland68: "What do you say to those people who say you are leading
a biased media organisation?"
ABC managing director David Anderson: "Well, I'd say I don't see any evidence to say we're biased." pic.twitter.com/vc4vnQksyE
— News Breakfast (@BreakfastNews) May 7, 2019
Newly-installed ABC managing director David Anderson yesterday appeared on News Breakfast to answer questions put forward by viewers.
One raised by Michael Rowland asked about perceived bias by the broadcaster.
“I don’t see any evidence to say we are biased,” Anderson replied.
“We are compelled to be impartial and accurate at all times. I see talented teams that do great work at the ABC, who do abide by that. Of course, occasionally with the amount of volume we have and the good work hat w do… occasionally there is human error, but it’s very small.
“We have a complaints process, and investigation process in our content. We run our own reviews, and none if it comes back that we are breaching our obligations to being partial and inaccurate. I don’t see systemic bias.”
Earlier this week Anderson reiterated that cuts of $84m under a Coalition govt would impact he broadcaster, but denied he was getting political during an election campaign and said it has been discussed for a year.
“Of course people are sensitive to it but we have been consistent about an $84 million reduction to the ABC in three months from July and what that might mean,” he said.
“The fact that people are going to ask me questions about that I am still going to be consistent with that response. And I want to be genuine about how we are going meet this challenge. I don’t think we can meet this challenge without there being some reduction in staff and a reduction in services.”
You can see the full video here.