Tony Abbott said earlier something like that there are two views of the world, one held by News Ltd.(i.e., Murdoch), the other by ABC, and that he shared the former view. Was this a hint at what would follow? Do we now see the first steps of the government’s policy to reimburse Murdoch for his support during the election campaign? See below:
“Call to strip ABC of Australia Network
November 22, 2013 12:00AM
THE government has been urged to review the ABC’s contract to provide the Australia Network international television service in the wake of the outrage sparked by its revelations of Australian phone tapping in Indonesia.
The Gillard government scrapped a competitive tender for the $223 million, 10-year contract for the right to provide the service, Australia’s most important vehicle for soft diplomacy, in controversial circumstances and handed it to the ABC in a move later lashed by the Auditor-General.
- See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/media/call-to-strip-abc-of-australia-network/story-e6frg996-1226765667657#sthash.NXYtrJO8.dpuf”
Any attempt towards greater media concentration would be highly dangerous for democracy in Australia. Even now, Murdoch run printed media account for about two thirds of metropolitan circulation.