The newly elected State President of the ABC Friends, Professor Ed Davis AM, will be speaking at a meeting in Bangalow on 4 March 4.
Professor Davis, Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University, is visiting the Northern Rivers with a view to meeting locals and discussing current issues facing the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, such as cuts to funding and threats to its independence.
‘The role of the Friends is as vital as ever. There is an ever-present need to press government and opposition political parties for adequate funding for the ABC and for SBS. The Friends must maintain their determination to confront attempts to censor the ABC and must continue their insistence that Australia is served by high quality public broadcasting, which informs, educates and entertains. We are all the poorer when the ABC is diminished,’ Professor Davis said.
ABC Friends Northern Rivers Peter Dickson said members broadly appreciate the contribution the ABC continues to make to Australia society despite attempts from within sections of government and media competitors to “go quietly”.
Mr Dickson said members of the community were most welcome to participate in the meeting, which will be held at the Bangalow Bowling Club from 2pm to 4pm.