Tim Blair


New Criterion



Thursday, May 29, 2003
THE AUSTRALIAN'S report on the Auntie Affair adds these three gobbets.

ABC Chair, Big Don McDonald, has written to Alston claiming he "ignored pleas for more funding", as if this were an offense against good government. How much, and when, are not specified.

Auntie's national director of news and current affairs instructed his staff on March 12th: "Do not use anything that could be construed as emotional language or editorialisation." His instruction was obviously ignored, raising questions about management within the organisation.

Errol Simper, an Aus writer on media matters, thinks Alston's pursuit of Max "Lying Bastards" Uechtritz is based on the latter's role in knifing failed MD Jonathan Shier.