‘Disgusting’: ABC boss quizzed over veteran broadcaster’s tweet about Barnaby Joyce


The ABC has been requested to clarify a veteran broadcaster’s ‘appalling’ and ‘disgusting’ tweet about the deputy prime minister.

The ABC has come underneath fireplace over a tweet by a veteran broadcaster likening the deputy prime minister to a pumpkin.

Liberal Senator Sarah Henderson tabled the tweet by senior broadcaster Phillip Adams throughout a grilling of ABC boss David Anderson at a Senate Estimates listening to on Monday night time.

The tweet, posted on November 25, says: “Barnaby Joyce has the head of a Halloween pumpkin wherein the candle of intelligence barely flickers”.

“On what basis is Mr Adams permitted to make that sort of comment on social media?” Senator Henderson requested.

“It is disgusting.”

Mr Anderson stated it was the primary he had heard of it and he would take a look at the tweet on discover.

“We’re quite explicit within the (social media) policy about certainly not bringing the ABC into disrepute,” he replied.

“On the face if it, I think we need to look closely at that.”

Senator Henderson, herself a former ABC journalist, complained inappropriate worker tweets have been a “systemic problem” the organisation was failing to take significantly.

However, Mr Anderson stated most staff abided by the organisation’s social media coverage and the ABC was tackling the problem.

“I am not employing people and tasking them to monitor people’s social, personal social media accounts,” he stated.

“That is that is not happening. It’s a disproportionate response.”

ABC boss says Senate inquiry into the way it handles complaints is ‘problematic’

Mr Anderson additionally stated operating a Senate probe into how the general public broadcaster dealt with complaints on the similar time an unbiased investigation was already underway can be “problematic”.

A federal authorities inquiry into the ABC’s complaints dealing with course of got here simply weeks after the ABC opened its personal inquiry.

Under questioning from Liberal Senator David Van, Mr Anderson stated he didn’t assume the ABC was above scrutiny.

“I don’t think we’re above the scrutiny of the Senate committee, but I think trying to run the same inquiry at the same time to deliver an outcome ahead of what the board is doing, and what the board is obligated to do, I think is problematic,” Mr Anderson advised the setting and communications laws committee.

Its chair, Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg, initiated the inquiry nevertheless it was shut down by the Senate after a movement from Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young who, with the help of Labor and unbiased crossbenchers, voted to droop it till the ABC accomplished its personal investigation.

ABC chair Ita Buttrose earlier this month labelled the Morrison authorities’s “parallel” inquiry an act of “political interference” designed to intimidate the general public broadcaster.

Mr Anderson on Monday advised the committee he agreed with Ms Buttrose about attempting to run each inquiries on the similar time.

“Anything in tandem delivering before the board’s review, I think, is prejudicial towards the outcome that the board has put in place and is trying to run at the same time,” he stated.

“The board has statutory independence that should be observed.”

“So you would have no problem for this committee to run an inquiry into your complaints handling, post that review?” Senator Van requested.

“Post the review? No. I think while we’re running the review, I think that’s a problem,” Mr Anderson stated.

The ABC board in October initiated an unbiased assessment of the broadcaster’s complaints programs by former Commonwealth and NSW Ombudsman Professor John McMillan, and former SBS information and present affairs director Jim Carroll.

The broadcaster launched the probe after the system got here underneath scrutiny following this 12 months’s airing of documentaries “Exposed: The Ghost Train Fire” and “Juanita: A Family Mystery”.

The findings are because of be launched in April.

Mr Anderson additionally advised the inquiry the ABC budgeted about $7m a 12 months for authorized charges.

In addition, it was on the verge of reaching a take care of Facebook after earlier signing a letter of intent, saying the settlement would supply “dozens and dozens of jobs” for regional and rural journalism.

“We haven’t signed the agreement yet – I’m hoping to actually have that signed in the next 48 hours,” Mr Anderson stated.

“It is good news.”

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