Tim Harrington, Lennox Head
Alas, poor Mungo, you have fallen for the thimble and pea.
Yes, of course there are forces at work undermining the independence of the ABC; however, they are, in the main, from within, not without.
The chairman gone, the CEO gone, even the prime minister gone, while Emma Alberici, Andrew Probyn, and Triple J remain, how does that equate to outside pressure.
Anyone with their head screwed on can easily identify that the ABC is just one of the media arms of the left, the Greens, and GetUp.
And if there were ever anyone with guts within the ABC management, all of those involved in the Chris Kenny 2014 cartoon (Chris Kenny Dog), including the Chaser team, should have been sacked on the spot. And to add insult to injury, the taxpayer had to fork out to pay the Kenny settlement.
And also, Mungo, the term appalling Albrechten would have cries of misogyny had it been uttered by anyone from the Right side of politics. (Hans, as editor, I think that should be your job to pull him up.)
And finally, perhaps the letter of the year was published in The Echo of 3 October from Edward Kent on Australia Day. It showed the true meaning of newspaper independence and should be read out by the Byron Shire mayor at the beginning of every Council meeting for his entire term.