February 17, 2004


Appearing before a Senate hearing yesterday, ABC Managing Director Russell Balding revealed he’d commissioned a report on ABC editorial procedures:

And it will go through the Hutton inquiry report identifying where the report identifies the BBC was in error, particularly in respect of its processes and procedures, and compare that to the current ABC processes and procedures to see if we are satisfied that ours are of such rigour to avoid that, or a similar situation occurring at the ABC. You know we're fairly confident that our processes and procedures would stack up.

I wouldn’t be so sure. The ABC, after all, even got its reporting on the Hutton inquiry wrong.

Posted by Tim Blair at February 17, 2004 11:54 AM

Balding will no doubt have had an eye on this story.

If Blair were to dismantle the BBC it would be a victory on a par with the removal of Saddam Hussein.

And the left would be just as aghast.

Posted by: ilibcc at February 17, 2004 at 01:58 PM

The BBC has already given T Blair an unconditional (cough cough). What more do you want?

Posted by: PK at February 17, 2004 at 02:49 PM

I'm sure the "investigation" will be dealt with in the same sterling manner as the probe into Senator Alston's allegations.

Posted by: Jake D at February 17, 2004 at 03:50 PM

This is perhaps what is keeping Margo Kingston away from her column.

Is she busy writing the conclusions to the report she has been commissioned to conduct into the ABC. She is writing the conclusions now as she does not need any "evidence" or "testimony".

No doubt, open-minded and fair judges such as David Marr and Philip Adams will be contributing to ensure there is no anti-American, anti-Liberal party bias in the report.

Even if it is not the "Kingston enquiry", I suspect that no matter who conducts it, the local hardware store in Ultimo will have recently sold out of whitewash.


Posted by: The_GOP_Elephant at February 17, 2004 at 10:51 PM