Queensland Senator James McGrath has called for an immediate sale of triple j and a review of the ABC due to their “inner-city leftist views”.
These comments have come at quite a difficult time for the broadcaster, with 80 ABC workers having to be laid off as a result of the Federal Government’s move to cancel its Australia Network contract.
“[..] triple j, because of its demographic dominance and clear ability to stand on its own, should be immediately sold,” said the former Deputy Federal Director of the Liberal Party to the senate last night.
“As someone who grew up in regional Queensland, I grew up with the ABC but the ABC has left people like me and my constituents behind.
“I want to support the ABC. I like the ABC,” he said. “Yet while it continues to represent only inner-city leftist views, and is funded by our taxes, it is in danger of losing its social licence to operate.”
TMN talked to a spokesman for ABC who said there are no plans to sell triple j.