Over the past week, the speculation around program cuts at the ABC has intensified, and ABC on-air and production staff believe the Australian public has the right to know what programs are facing the ax.
Join with ABC on-air and production staff in signing an open letter to the ABC board calling for greater transparency and engagement with staff and ABC audiences in the wake of news that ABC funding could be cut by more than $100 million year-on-year.
Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull still refuses to confirm the exact figure that the Lewis Review into ABC and SBS efficiency has recommended but indicated it would be “substantial”. Insiders believe the cuts will dramatically exceed the cuts of $120 million over four years announced on May 13 in the Federal Government’s budget. For more information on the planned cuts see MEAA's statement.
ABC program makers are ready, willing and able to play a constructive role in shaping the ABC’s future, and believe all Australians deserve an independent, strong ABC.