News Corp calls for ABC charter review

July 26, 2018

News Corp has called for a statutory review of the charters of the ABC and SBS to create a “level playing field” in news online - following the lead of Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi who has long called for reform of the national broadcaster.

The Australian reports, News Corp has made the case for the remits of the ABC and SBS to be reformed, arguing they have expanded their digital services at the expense of choice and, in doing so, distorted markets.

In a submission to an inquiry into the competitive neutrality of the national broadcasters, News Corp argues that the ABC should stop using taxpayer funds to crowd out commercial rivals in Google search results and calls for an end to the ABC competing for commercial contracts with organisations that do not enjoy its public funding to supply third parties with news content.

News Corp also questions whether the public broadcasters are straying too far from producing content that is distinctive, original and free from commercial considerations.

Senator Bernardi has told ABC Radio Adelaide it is Conservative Party policy to merge and shrink the ABC and SBS, retaining only the most vital services.

Picture: ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie

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