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ABC: Guthrie’s glass ceiling is crystal chandelier

ABC: Guthrie’s glass ceiling is crystal chandelier

Guffs, Gaffs and Guthrie—Good Gord!

Swinging aimlessly in the corporate crystal chandelier sipping champers is the beleaguered ABC boss Michelle Guthrie wondering how things could go so badly. She could not have known that her predecessor Mark Scott had already created many time bombs in the form of his extreme Leftwing governance. It’s standard practice for lousy administrators to do a runner leaving their mess for the next sucker to cop the blame—Guthrie fitted the fall guy perfectly. The ABC needs total reorganisation. Program repeats are often three times in 24-hours with rotating commentators. Purchased segments about global warming pervade the airwaves with frequent propaganda from novice theorists. Foreign language news programs should be abolished leaving those that want to access all kinds on their phones and computers. The waste is formidable!

The ABC paid out more than $2.6 million in bonuses, including nine of more than $50,000, to its highest-paid staff last year.
Days after the public broadcaster’s news director warned that there was “no more fat to cut”, the Herald Sun reports that 189 employees on executive pay grades were rewarded with more than $2.2m in bonuses, while 190 non-executive employees received a total of $384,989, in the 2016-17 financial year.

ABC paid $2.6m in bonuses to staff

Two people were given $69,725 on top of their average $350,000 salaries, according to the ABC’s remuneration disclosure information.

While the ABC has refused to disclose publicly how much its individual employees are paid — despite demands from the Turnbull government — its annual ­report details how taxpayer money is being spent on staff.
Most of the ABC’s roughly 4700 staff are entitled to a bonus of 2 per cent of their base salary following a favourable performance review.
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield announced in last week’s budget that the ABC’s ­annual funding indexation would be ­frozen for three years from July next year. The move is expected to cost the organisation $84 million.
In a speech to the Melbourne Press Club last week, ABC news director Gaven Morris warned the national broadcaster was as lean as it could be. “Back in 1987, your ABC famously cost each Australian 8c a day; in 1987-dollar terms we now cost each Australian just 4c a day,” Morris said. “In other words, since the 1980s, our per-capita funding has halved in real terms … Make no mistake, there is no more fat to cut in ABC News. From this point on, we’re cutting into ­muscle.”
According to its annual ­report, the ABC spent more than $10m on market research and promotion, and $1.54m on consultants in 2016-17.
Consultancy firm Trevor-Roberts Associates was paid $64,950 to give career advice on redundancies, while McGees Property was paid $217,118 for property valuation and advice. A number of others were paid up to $178,750 for “strategic advice”.
An ABC spokesman told the Herald Sun all remuneration rates were disclosed and bonuses were linked to performance.
“Remuneration rates for the ABC leadership team are benchmarked using an external, independent provider against market rates,” the spokesman said.
Senator Fifield told the ABC last week the decision to freeze the organisation’s funding was about “ensuring that the ABC continues to be a good steward of taxpayers’ dollars”. “I’ve yet to find a commonwealth government organisation that has reached a state of perfection,” he said. “I don’t think the ABC has achieved that.”

{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Graham Richards 16/05/2018, 8:17 am

    I really don’t have a clue about ABC programming. Never watch their programmes. Haven’t done so in probably 10 years! There is so much more to life than brainwashing.

    • Lorraine 16/05/2018, 8:39 am

      I also do not watch it is easy to see the lefty bias in all, I watch Fox, the left is still on show , but there is balance. I often write to Fox why give the left a platform, we know their agenda . we know their talking points, we see the PC and all things gender twisted

    • Neville 17/05/2018, 2:11 am

      I sometimes watch a bit of their news, but only because I want to keep up with what the lousy bureaucratic bullshitting bastards are up to; and also coz I don’t control the remote!

  • DT 16/05/2018, 8:19 am

    And the benefits, paid maternity leave of very generous terms and conditions.

    But how could bonuses be allocated to public service employees paid from private sector taxes who do not attract real revenue from their activities?

  • Penguinite 16/05/2018, 8:35 am

    Set out new employment parameters and make them all re-apply for their jobs. The staff won’t leave because they know when they’re on to a good thing. Even if some of the over paid ones did go it would be a bonus. Win win!

  • Aktosplatz 16/05/2018, 8:37 am

    I also never watch or listen to the ABC. I understand they provide some sort of service to rural areas, but I have no idea as to what it is like.

  • John Klasen 16/05/2018, 9:16 am

    The ABC could save millions by just cutting bonuses, They all get paid big enough salaries as it is, I don’t once in my working life ever remember getting a bones for doing the job a was paid to do.

  • Albert 16/05/2018, 9:39 am

    Why would anyone expect the ABC to improve? They get rid of a supercilious far far left ratbag and appoint a cosmetically challenged gnome who hasn’t got a clue and runs the ABC on the basis of dud advice she obtains from greedy bloodsucking consultancies who are obviously even more clueless and all is overseen by idiot politicians.

    • Joe Blogs 16/05/2018, 10:29 am

      Guessing they won’t be getting any Logie votes from you, Albert.

  • Philip 16/05/2018, 12:28 pm

    Isn’t it amazing what you can say with statistics? Especially if you leave a few out.
    The Australian population in 1987 was 16.26M. The current population is 24.3M. Mr. Morris states that on going from 8c per to 4c per “since the 1980s, our per-capita funding has halved in real terms”.
    There’s one executive who doesn’t deserve his bonus.

    Let’s be honest, the Government has never been able to run any operation properly unless they have a monopoly or laws which give them a mandate.

    The ABC can not be trusted to deliver objective and impartial content to the viewers so there is no requirement for them anymore.

    Set up a few relay stations and broadcast commercial stations to the regional ares and close down the ABC.

  • DB8R 16/05/2018, 6:20 pm

    The reality is that the vast majority of public servants want this type of work for laziness, hyper-inflated financial rewards and a job that requires no more than shuffling paper from one desk to another (or these days one email to another) whilst checking facebook posts. At 5.01pm they knock off and cant be contacted. Why do we expect more from these people?

    • Tom 16/05/2018, 9:19 pm

      5.01? Thanks to ‘flexitime’, a Whitlam invention, it’s actually 4.21 that they ‘clock off’. An old girlfriend worked (!) as a Public Serf and I would often pick her up after work. At about 3.55, from the car park, I could see a milling crowd filling the building’s foyer – and then at 4.21, the earliest they could click off under ‘flexitime’, the doors would burst open and a flood of humanity would spill out into the car park. God only knows how long before 3.55 they’d all been swanning around doing nothing while waiting to take their station in the foyer to make the break at 4.21.

      • Neville 17/05/2018, 2:13 am

        Sadly, I’ve had experience of that sorta mentality, too.

  • Clarion Call 16/05/2018, 8:20 pm

    For a number of years as media person for some titled corporations, it was my painful duty to deal with a wide range of journos from the ABC. They often came primed for a verbal arm -wrestle rather than to listen and report. The major TV news crews were generally more co-operative in covering the various ‘events’. The ABC scribes, in my experience, were somewhat shouty, variously obnoxious and had a pronounced ‘we’re first’ entitlement when ‘personality’ interviews had to be co-ordinated among attending news crews. Nothing has changed with the nature of the beast, except the faces. Kill off this unnecessary body. It wouldn’t be missed for long.

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