Dear Prime Minister,
We applaud Australia’s commitment to a free and independent press, and we support the substantial government commitment to fund this.
Given the gross failure of the ABC to self-regulate, most shockingly in this week’s episode of Q&A when the ABC became a platform for a convicted criminal to make a call to arms, it is clear that the ABC is failing the Australian public. It is presenting material which serves a progressive agenda, while presenting this biased news as though it is unbiased. This means that the ABC is serving the needs of less than half of the Australian population, while receiving funding from the whole of the Australian population.
We believe that now is the time to recognise that there is no such thing as “unbiased” media, and instead follow the principle that Federal Broadcasting funding is to be split across the political spectrum. At The XYZ, we will be proudly catering to the needs of Australians who believe in free speech, free markets, and freedom from regulation. Most importantly, we will have the decency to openly declare this bias.
As such we await your cheque for $500 million.
David Hiscox & Jeremy Morgan