More on ABC's latest news failure in the letters page of today's Australian newspaper under the header ABC doesn't offer news value for our money, including this one from yours truely:
WITH the death of Osama bin Laden, the ABC once again failed to promptly cover one of the most important news stories of the decade, raising legitimate questions about whether taxpayers are getting value for money.
In response to The Australian's criticism, the ABC's News Director, Kate Torney, believes News Ltd is out to get the national broadcaster. The government had a similar paranoid response to questions The Australian raised about other publicly funded white elephants, including the failed pink batts scheme and money wasted on the Building the Education Revolution (two other stories the ABC was late to cover).
The public demands appropriate scrutiny of public finances, so what makes the ABC so special that it should be sheltered from public accountability? The term "value for money" is missing from the ABC's charter; perhaps it's time it was inserted.