Should the ABC provide presenters with employment for life? : LUSENET : Friends of the ABC : One Thread

Being a presenter of an ABC program, or even an on-air journalist, is a dream job. Apart from the rewards derived from the job itself, there is the potential to be picked up by the commercial media, to become even more famous, more influential, more highly paid. While the ABC has various policies to provide diversity of opinion, you have to wonder sometimes whether or not some ABC presenters have somehow managed to get themselves a guaranteed job for life. Phillip Adams, Kerry O'Brien, Geraldine Doogue, Lex Marinos, Debbie Spillane, Julie McCrossin and others are more like fixtures than regulars. No doubt other names will occur to you as ABC perennials. However dearly you might love any of these people, many of them are also earning a quid in the commercial media, and all of them have surely had their turn. Diversity of opinion means diversity of people. I know FABC once launched a huge campaign to defend Phillip Adams and Kerry O'Brien, but I really have to question whether this was such a great idea. Should the ABC be giving a few lucky people jobs for life?

-- Anonymous, January 25, 2003


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