Media Release: 23 November 2007: Democrats say NO to Ads on Aunty

Bring Back Balance

ACT Democrats 2007

Media Release                   23 November 2007

Democrats say NO to Ads on Aunty

“With all the spending promises of the old parties we can expect cuts to services.  And that will include the ABC.” Said Australian Democrats candidate for Fraser, Darren Churchill.  “ I expect advertising will be on their agenda too.”

Advertising has been allowed on SBS for some time and has been widely criticised.  The Liberals have made clear their support for advertising on the ABC.

“The ABC needs to be free and impartial in it’s content and it’s news, politics and current affairs discussion.  This means it should be free from commercial interests.  The ABC should be funded on a recurrent basis from public monies.  And that should be locked in without any risk of political pressures.”

“An ABC with an independent board and journalists who aren’t afraid to speak out on all issues and to criticise all political parties can only be achieved by implementing base-level funding.” Mr Churchill said

“Specific purpose funding can also be provided for the development of Australian content programming and fostering young Australian talent.”

“The Democrats are strongly opposed to commercial advertising on ABC radio, television or websites.  An independent ABC, free from political and commercial pressures is achievable.  It begins with a vote for me in Fraser, and for the Democrats in the Senate.” Mr Churchill concluded.

Darren Churchill

Australian Democrats candidate for Fraser

Darren.Churchill@act.democrats.org.au

0412 196 473

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