Cory Bernardi says ABC out of control over apology to candidate

March 23, 2018

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi has slammed the apology made by an ABC executive to an Australian Conservatives candidate as “less than genuine” and says the national broadcaster is out of control.

The Australian newspaper reports, the ABC’s head of entertainment David Anderson apologised to Kevin Bailey for a controversial Tonightly skit which called the candidate a “c***” after Communications Minister Mitch Fifield demanded the taxpayer funded broadcaster apologise and Mr Bernardi criticised the segment.

The ABC said the controversial skit was appropriately assessed before broadcast to ensure it complied with editorial and classification standards.

Senator Bernardi says while he appreciates Mr Anderson’s phone call to his candidate, the apology rings hollow. “While it’s good David Anderson has apologised to Mister Bailey, the fact the ABC says it has done nothing wrong suggest the apology is less than genuine.” he said. “The minister [Mitch Fifield] has made it clear that the ABC has not only not complied with its charter obligations but it also breached community standards.”

Mr Bernardi also said the national broadcaster was incapable of complying with its own standards and charter as he renewed his call for reform of both the ABC and SBS. “I’ve said for a long time it’s out of control and refuses to comply with its charter but also continues to violate even the most modest community standards,” he said. “and that’s why I believe we should be saving taxpayers a billion dollars a year by reforming the ABC and SBS.”

To read the full article in The Australian by Remy Varga, click here.

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