“Creative people, the kind of people who work at the ABC, are very sensitive people,” she said. “You’ve got to understand that – that’s why they do the sort of things that they do. “So they’re a little more fragile than some workers. They have to be patted a bit, and reassured that all is well.”
They need to be “patted a bit” that’s for sure—with a size 12 boot in the arse, right out the door! Let them find somewhere else to be sensitively creative.
Source: Fairfax Media
ABC chair Ita Buttrose says her staff are ‘fragile, sensitive, in need of reassurance’
Having worked with Kerry Packer andRupert Murdoch during her career, media icon Ita Buttrose has had a wealth of experience dealing with strong personalities.
So perhaps the new-ish ABC chair was caught a little off-guard by the sensitive souls she has encountered in the corridors at Aunty.
Buttrose attended an Aussie Home Loans conference on Monday, appearing on a panel with ANZ boss Shayne Elliott and Aussie founder John Symond, moderated by Nine business editor Ross Greenwood.
Asked about the leadership upheaval at the broadcaster over the past year, Buttrose noted such changes were usually unsettling for staff – but particularly at the ABC
“Creative people, the kind of people who work at the ABC, are very sensitive people,” she said.
“You’ve got to understand that – that’s why they do the sort of things that they do.
“So they’re a little more fragile than some workers. They have to be patted a bit, and reassured that all is well,” Buttrose said to laughter.
Indeed, we’re told some senior ABC personnel may be in need of reassurance about Buttrose’s roster of extra-curricular activities.
Just last month she cancelled a speaking engagement spruiking retirement villages for property giant Stockland after News Corp questioned her about the gig.
There are, after all, bigger fish to fry. ABC managing director David Anderson, news director Gaven Morris and general counsel Connie Carnabuci are due to appear on Tuesday at a parliamentary inquiry into press freedom (alongside other media types) sparked in part by federal police raids on the ABC’s Ultimo headquarters.
Buttrose did not attend Symond’s conference in her capacity as ABC chair.
But she did regale the crowd with the tale of how Scott Morrison’s minders summoned her into a room at the Australian of the Year awards in Canberra so the PM could offer her the ABC chair gig.
“Prime Minister, you’ve taken my breath away,” she told him.