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Media Watch, 1
Sunday, June 27, 2004
STAFF-ELECTED ABC BOARD MEMBER Ramona Koval's refusal to accept the obligations that go with board membership, notably confidentiality, was compounded by her instigaton of a public campaign against the decision of her board.
She did this by leaking material about a board decision to monitor its programming for bias to David Marr's My Pet Hates Watch program, which promptly made Ramona's leak a major issue.
Koval's silence when pressed for a direct answer to the question 'did you pass that material to David Marr?' was the most pregnant I have ever heard on radio. It showed Koval was not only disloyal but a sneak and coward.
TANYA NOLAN: Well just on Mr Newman's comments about you not signing that code of conduct. He accuses you of leaking confidential board documents about monitoring.
Who can blame respected business leader, Maurice Newman, for resigning from a board tainted by this woman? So Auntie loses one of her most able and influential friends.
This sad farce can only weaken Auntie, but the public sector unions, came out in support of the ABC union and the self-described 'Friends' of the ABC stayed silent rather than backing the ABC Board and management.