Ita Buttrose appeared at an Aussie Home Loans panel on Monday where she revealed some interesting insights.
Asked about leadership upheaval at the broadcaster over the past year, she noted such changes were usually unsettling for staff.
“Creative people, the kind of people who work at the ABC, are very sensitive people,” she said.
“You’ve got to understand that – that’s why they do the sort of things that they do.
“So they’re a little more fragile than some workers. They have to be patted a bit, and reassured that all is well,” Buttrose said.
I’m not so sure that kind of intel is particularly helpful to the cause.
She also revealed how PM Scott Morrison offered her the task of Chairing the ABC. She was in Canberra at the Australian of the Year awards when she was led into a room with ScoMo.
He quickly asked her if she would take on the role.
“Prime Minister, you’ve taken my breath away,” Buttrose recalled.
While she didn’t have to decide then, she was given the PM’s mobile and asked to get in touch the next week.
“I more or less decided right there and then. I thought I’d take it on,” she revealed.