Professor Ed Davis, National Vice President ABC Friends says that while the ABC is a national treasure, highly regarded and highly trusted, it remains under serious threat.
Professor Davis was addressing the AGM of ABC Friends Northern Rivers in Bangalow last Saturday.
Davis said that the current drastic cuts of another $84m to ABC funding over the next three years, the loss of further jobs and the recent AFP media raids were major causes of concern.
‘The AFP raids have sparked outrage across the media and resulted in a “Your Right to Know” campaign supported by the ABC, News Ltd, Channel 9 and other major media outlets.’
On a more positive note, Professor Davis expressed optimism about Ita Buttrose’s appointment as Board Chair, despite the fact that ABC Friends had previously registered grave concerns about making another ‘captain’s pick’.