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ABC Alumni Webinar with Gavin Fang, ABC Editorial Director

Gavin Fang took up his appointment as Editorial Director in January this year.  One of the ABC’s most experienced news executives, he began his ABC career in 2000 in the Perth newsroom.  After a stint as the ABC’s correspondent in Jakarta, he took on a succession of ever-more senior editorial roles in ABC News, ending as Deputy Director of News.  Along the way he had a hand in devising the More Relevant to More Australians News policy, and was ABC News Diversity lead. 

The Editorial Director and his team of editorial advisors are responsible for ensuring that ALL ABC content, screen, audio and online, complies with the ABCs Editorial Polices and Standards.

ABC Alumni board director Quentin Dempster spoke to Gavin Fang for a webinar exclusively for ABC Alumni subscribers on Tuesday 19 March.  This is not a word-for-word transcript but a summary that has been approved by Gavin for wider distribution.

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PM Anthony Albanese: The ABC is a 'Treasured national institution' and an 'essential public service'

In his first major speech about the ABC since the May federal election, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has indicated a new era in government-ABC relations. Delivered at a gala dinner celebrating the national broadcaster’s 90th anniversary, the PM’s wide-ranging speech outlined the ABC’s crucial role in contributing to both social cohesion and a healthy democracy. He also reinforced his government’s commitment to a better-resourced, independent ABC and promised to review options for delivering greater financial sustainability to safeguard against political interference.

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Antoinette Lattouf and the ABC’s independence

ABC Alumni is an association of former staff of the ABC who support a vigorous, independent national broadcaster.

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New ABC Board Members

Time to resurrect an old idea?

At long last, the Government has appointed two new members for the ABC Board.

While we are still waiting for the big appointment - the successor to Ita Buttrose as ABC Chair - these new appointments are an important part of the ABC’s governance.

And, according to Alumni Board Member Alan Sunderland, the early signs are all good…

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ABC Alumni Submission to Review Into the National Broadcasters' Independence

5-year funding periods are all very well, but what’s to stop a new government that gets elected half way through a funding term tearing up the agreement and starting again?

It’s an issue the Albanese government, which has introduced 5-year funding for the ABC and SBS, is well aware of.

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Laura Tingle: The Next ABC staff-elected director?

By Quenting Dempster 3 February 2023

The news this week that high profile journalist Laura Tingle has thrown her hat in the ring for the election of the next staff-elected director (SED) on the ABC Board has surprised many colleagues, past and present. Former staff-elected director and now Alumni director Quentin Dempster looks behind the headlines with this backgrounder on the SED position and why it’s important.

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We Need an All Party Declaration of Support for the ABC, Says Former MD Geoffrey Whitehead

In a world where support for fully government-funded, independent public broadcasters is declining, Australia is fortunate to have a new federal government that recognises the importance of the ABC. But, says former ABC Managing Director Geoffrey Whitehead, now is the time to consolidate the ABC’s role permanently by enshrining the national broadcaster, through an all-party Declaration, as an institution that’s integral to our democracy and to which all citizens have a right.

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ABC's New Ombudsman: What Will Change?

Can the ABC improve its complaints handling system? And what are the main challenges facing the new Ombudsman, Fiona Cameron, as she settles into her new job at the public broadcaster? ABC Alumni director Alan Sunderland – who has more experience than most in this area – gives his insights into what lies ahead. 

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The Curious Case of the Missing Managing Director

ABC chair Ita Buttrose has been a stalwart defender of ABC independence, so it’s hard to fathom why she and her directors plan to create a complaints system with an Ombudsman who answers direct to the Board, not to the Managing Director. This structure, if it goes ahead, would be unique among comparable media organisations in the democratic world, and is not without potential perils.

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Kerry O'Brien: 'Our vote is the most precious thing we have. And so is our ABC.'

In a wide-ranging speech in Sydney today, respected former ABC broadcaster Kerry O’Brien has spoken of his despair at the lack of political leadership in Australia. “I have never seen Australian politics so rudderless,” he told a capacity crowd at a major election campaign rally organised by ABC Friends in conjunction with ABC Alumni. “Our parliament is failing us. Political leadership is in drought. Our public broadcaster is under sustained attack. And our democracy is in trouble.” Kerry’s message is simple: in these complex and challenging times, the ABC has never been more important – and so is this election. Our vote is the most powerful way we can speak up for our values. Please make your vote count by backing candidates who support an independent, properly funded ABC.

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