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Lawrence Mooney of Triple M berates ABC as elitist for complaining about cutbacks

Former ABC radio host Lawrence Mooney has labeled the national broadcaster as ‘elitist’ and ‘tone deaf’ when it comes to austerity.

The ABC was allocated $ 1.062 billion from taxpayers last year, a slight increase from the $ 1.046 billion set aside in fiscal 2018-19.

Mooney, a comedian and former TV and radio host, pointed out that ABC presenters were not forced to cut wages despite a drop in government revenues due to the corona virus.

However, commercial media journalists had to make pay cuts because ad revenues have fallen sharply and some newsrooms have even closed.

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Former ABC radio host Lawrence Mooney (pictured with actress Brooke Satchwell) has labeled national broadcaster elitist and tone deaf when it comes to cutbacks

Former ABC radio host Lawrence Mooney (pictured with actress Brooke Satchwell) has labeled national broadcaster elitist and tone deaf when it comes to cutbacks

“Thousands of companies are struggling to survive and government debt is getting out of hand,” Mooney told his Triple M listeners in Sydney.

“(We) had to take drastic measures to survive. Here at Triple M, we have all made a pay cut.

“Yes, it sucks, but it is what it is, but there is a group of people who have a lot of stomachaches, and it is those who have been least affected by this global crisis, the ABC.

“Oh, dear old aunt. ABC, you can’t pretend to be the victims here. ABC, you can’t.

“In a time of crisis with so many people out of work, whining about austerity in itself seems pretty tacky, but what makes it worse is that it’s not even true.”

Mooney, otherwise known as Moonman, also had a message for the well-paid ABC presenters complaining about cutbacks.

“While everyone else struggles with COVID-19, the ABC’s tone deaf elitists have made it clear that they think they are different and special,” he said.

“So now that we know that, ABC, do us a favor. Get rid of all your stupid ‘we’re all together in’ promos, because you clearly believe you’re on your own. ‘

Completing Q&A presenter Virginia Trioli (pictured), who hosted $ 235,664 a year hosting ABC News Breakfast, rudely interrupted Secretary of Communications Paul Fletcher several times to suggest that ABC funding had been cut, although funding increases in instead, they were frozen for three years to be indexed to inflation

Completing Q&A presenter Virginia Trioli (pictured), who hosted $ 235,664 a year hosting ABC News Breakfast, rudely interrupted Secretary of Communications Paul Fletcher several times to suggest that ABC funding had been cut, although funding increases in instead, they were frozen for three years to be indexed to inflation

Completing Q&A presenter Virginia Trioli (pictured), who hosted $ 235,664 a year hosting ABC News Breakfast, rudely interrupted Secretary of Communications Paul Fletcher several times to suggest that ABC funding had been cut, although funding increases in instead, they were frozen for three years to be indexed to inflation

Despite the funding increase over the past fiscal year, ABC presenters have preferred to focus on the $ 84 million three-year funding freeze introduced in 2018.

Media Watch presenter Paul Barry, who receives more than $ 200,000 a year to host a 15-minute weekly program, asked last week that the ABC cut back on programming.

“Well, for starters, you only get 42 episodes a year with programs like Four Corners and Media Watch, instead of a maximum of 45,” he said.

ABC CEO David Anderson announced that 74 jobs would disappear in the news about ABC as the travel budget would be cut by 25 percent.

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher pointed out that the ABC, unlike commercial media, had a guaranteed funding source

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher pointed out that the ABC, unlike commercial media, had a guaranteed funding source

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher pointed out that the ABC, unlike commercial media, had a guaranteed funding source

Completing Q&A presenter Virginia Trioli, who received $ 235,664 a year hosting ABC News Breakfast, interrupted Communications Minister Paul Fletcher multiple times to suggest that ABC funding had been cut, although funding increases were frozen for three years instead of being indexed to inflation.

“Minister, funding just hasn’t increased over the period. It even goes down, “she said.

Mr. Fletcher replied, “That is not true.”

He also pointed out that the ABC had safe financing, unlike commercial media.

The ABC received $ 1.062 billion from taxpayers last year, a slight increase from the $ 1.046 billion allocated in fiscal year 2018-19

The ABC received $ 1.062 billion from taxpayers last year, a slight increase from the $ 1.046 billion allocated in fiscal year 2018-19

The ABC received $ 1.062 billion from taxpayers last year, a slight increase from the $ 1.046 billion allocated in fiscal year 2018-19

“No other media company has the assurance of revenues that the ABC has,” said Fletcher.

“In fact, almost every other media company has seen a catastrophic drop in revenue this year due to ad loss.”

After Mr. Fletcher pointed out that $ 50 million had been allocated to the struggling private regional media, Ms. Trioli interrupted.

“Well, the numbers … the numbers are from the budget and we can’t waste any more time on that,” she said.

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