The Pickering Post
Monday, 22nd October 2018

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Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.


It was time to reach for my depleted bottle of Mylanta again last night in an attempt to endure another Monday night of ABC television... the bottle is now empty, and I’m still angry. There must be an answer to this outrageous government-financed monolith that disregards with haughty contempt the majority of the taxpaying public. 

The British Government's potential plans for the BBC have already caused Hollywood stars and TV presenters to come out in defence of the institution, as is always the case. But the defence of the cosseted "Friends the ABC" is shallow and weak with PM Turnbull number one ticket-holder.

From 10 shillings in the UK in 1922, to a colour TV licence that now costs £145, (a black and white set costs £49). There is a maximum fine of £1,000 for not paying it. 

The BBC is itself responsible for the collection of licence fees but it is not all that dedicated to the job because only wealthy BBC devotees seem prepared to pay, with very few fines ever collected. 

“Decriminalisation” is currently being considered by the Tories and it would lose the BBC an estimated £200m a year but it’s claimed poor people would no longer need to worry about a knock on the door that Australians used to have to worry about.

In 2014, this still gave the BBC a comfortable £4.7bn to spend... on top of another £1.3bn of commercial and other incomes. Australian taxpayers fork out $1.2bn every year via the Government for some very one-sided programming like Q&A that attracts huge criticism. 

This criticism is largely ignored by the ABC as it fosters its “Friends of the ABC” group to assuage its hurt feelings. The ABC, with little account for its actions, has become a very inward looking organisation taking no notice of accusations of bias toward Labor governments.

The BBC and the ABC get many extra dollars from the sale of its programs and their retail shops, licensing etc. These substanive amounts are not deducted from the yearly grants. 

Australia used to have a system similar to the BBC. The ABC was largely funded by television licences up until 1974 when the Whitlam government (who would have guessed) abolished the licence system leaving the ABC exposed to the whims of government funding and under conservative political pressure ever since. 

Hmmm, Whitlam was well aware of the way the ABC would lean when dependent on a government handout.

Left media in the UK say, “...sure BBC bias is there, but only because the Tories have ‘spooked’ it”, suggesting reform is long overdue. Well I’m not sure how that can possibly assist the BBC’s cause, but it is symptomatic of the woolly thinking of public broadcasters, including our own ABC.

A long-awaited White Paper, that could be published this month, will allow the Tories’ Left to set out a tough new regime as part of a proposed deal to grant a new Royal Charter to safeguard the BBC “service” for another 11 years but, like our ABC, the institution will continue to crumble.

The White Paper will insist the suspected highly-paid salaries of BBC executives be disclosed for public scrutiny. Australia already knows (albeit by accident) the outrageous money the ABC pays its presenters and producers. Half of its budget is taken up on salaries private sector staff could only dream of and could never be justified.

For instance a program like the 12 minute per week “Media Watch”, with a staff of 40 and multiple producers, is free to savage commercial media while only occasionally sniping at the ABC in a weak attempt at neutrality. Presenter Paul Barry (above) is paid $200,000 pa and none of the crew works on a weekend meaning critical current news is never covered.

A silly little sexually confused radio broadcaster by the name of Fran Kelly, who was sacked by the commercial media, is now paid an astounding $250,000 pa. Something will need to give soon.

Both the BBC and the ABC are crumbling because government media can, by its nature, only ever service the Left at the expense of the Right. 

Radicalism and Marxist philosophy will not succeed in commercial television so the only place remaining where it can be promoted is a government station. So, in a few generations, multiple promotions of like-minded staff will ensure the entire public broadcaster is choc-a-block with destructive Leftists.

The only time the ABC invites a conservative pannelist to comment is when a rabid                                         screaming Lefty is invited to tear him down.

In a commercial sense the BBC’s charter is hopelessly confusing and deleterious. Its programming is required to rate well against the commercial channels so the BBC’s most popular programs are scheduled up against the commercial channels’ best. How can that work? More importantly why should it even be contemplated?

Host Jeremy Clarkson was sacked and the programs replacement has since been taken                                                                               off air

Come dancing is one of the BBC's highest rating shows that is thrown at the free to air                                                                                   shows,

Why should the free to air channels (of which there are 60 in the UK) compete to purchase highly rating programs only to be hamstrung by a taxpayer-funded government channel. Yet if the BBC doesn’t compete it is labelled as unpopular and inefficient.

Both the BBC and the ABC are immune from the difficulties facing commercial media due to the digital revolution. 

Abbott started to move toward ABC reform but that was reversed with the Turnbull coup. The ABC has since snuggled up to its Left supporters believing its excesses are able to continue unhindered.

If our ABC was thrown to the commercial wolves and asked to compete for revenue on a level playing field it would not last a week. A solution is mooted to be a return to licensing where only the ABC lovers finish up paying for the Left garbage that most of us switch off.  

One of the modern problems is that all ruling conservative governments now have a heavy sprinkling of Lefties who adore public broadcasters and wave away criticism of bias with utterings of democratic “independence”. 

But “independence” is only valid when the independent is silently agreeing with the bias.

If the ABC was made to collect its own licence fees, only those who believe the ABC was worth paying for would be willing to pay. The ABC could then be allowed to take up commercial advertising.

The free to air stations could then survive on their own wits without being constantly savaged by a government TV network that has no need for prudent spending or economies.

But hang on... why should only the Left have its own TV network? Where is the conservatives’ broadcaster? The truth is that neither faction is entitled to its own network and in fact the ABC without commercial experience could not possibly survive anyway,... and nor should it! 

And something must be done about the cost of Mylanta.

[CORRECTION: Posters are correct. The third paragraph should have read as such...."From 10 shillings in the UK in 1922, to a colour TV licence that now costs £145, (a black and white set costs £49). There is a maximum fine of £1,000 for not paying it."] 


Or making up tax policy thought bubbles

the ABC..crawling with rockspiders...and gays..

Mr Walker. Just enough.

Feed 'em bread and water. That's halal.

Matt12, that's exactly what needs to be done, move them to other state prisons in the middle of the night and place them into solitary confinement for their efforts. As you say, that is what they'd detest, mummsy and daddsy not knowing where their prize boys have ended up.

the liars party with around 30% rely on the greens who are on the way out
Hanson has allready outpolled the greens in qld and before long the nationals will need to rethink Hanson needs kirralee smith and Bernard on board a l a is to badly structured for the short term we do not have the time
watch Hanson in the next state election
Australia's number 1 problem is the religion of peace full stop

Karl and Lisa clash with conspiracy theorist

100% spot on Annie.

@BK, if it were not for people voting for the minor pparties, then the major parties will never change. So minor parties are the go for change. They haven't listened to the electorate before so they see no need to change now.

Agree BB2, this is why Britain is almost at the stage of anarchy. Politicians have always created the ills of society through inaction and divisive policies.

Silly guards didn't aim right and blow the lot away

A Muslims only tented camp at White Cliffs or Woomera would be one fix. Just imagine the outcry from the Usual Suspects if the gummit ever did that? (The the utter relief of every non-Muslim prisoner in NSW gaols.)

Oh, it will be (taxpayer funded). Look on the bright side - while he's swanning around the world stage playing out his fantasy as Bunyip Royalty, he's not introducing any of his Leftie agenda into our long-suffering lives.

The silly boongs are following the pedophilic Muslims now. They both believe in the pedo ol MO

Taxpayer funded? I hope not!

on youtube there is a great film clip from Goulburn jail, the aboriginal inmates decisively beat up the muslim inmates. It's few years old, but none the less the guards stood back and let them go. All om film.

I am a staunch supporter of ALA and their policies, but it amazes me that intelligent people on PP continue to say that because they didn't win a seat, they will never be a power.For goodness sake,...use your brains...they are only a fledgling party...I am not surprised they didn't get a seat, especially with Turnbull directing the media against them...he was running scared.Only with YOUR support will they grow, so give them a go! No more negative talk! One Nation took 20 years! They are talking of amalgamating...hope it is with Cory if he gets a party up and running after his return fron the UN.

Gotta love Jo Nova, common sense, truthful information from an active mind which dispels the fiction from self-proclaimed scientists who look out their windows every morning and proclaim to be Climate/Global/Change/Warming experts. A seller of fish in a fish and chip shop is not an expert in marine biology.

channel 9 media self censorship - no mention of the ethnicity of this gang of scum. no prizes for guessing africoons.

and further proof of feminization of the police force. NO ARRESTS. 20 years ago, all of them would have been thrown into a brawler van and locked up for affray. vicpol is now a pussified glorified expensive bunch of welfare workers.

9 News website.

A police officer was allegedly punched by a teenage girl during a brawl outside a Melbourne train station this morning.
The 17-year-old Pakenham girl punched the male officer as police attempted to move on a group of aggressive teens at Southern Cross Station about 1.30am, a Victoria Police statement said.
The rest of the group then joined in the attack, police said.

Police were forced to use pepper spray to subdue the teenagers. (9NEWS)
Officers then used pepper spray to subdue the teenagers.
No injuries have been reported, and the teenagers were moved on after the altercation.

No arrests have yet been made. (9NEWS)
Police are investigating, and no arrests have been made.

When one group in a society consistently screws over another group over a very long time, especially when it's a majority getting screwed, that majority can end up taking out their legitimate grievances on the screwers in no uncertain terms. The far left in this country, those who have been misusing the ABC as their very own publicity outlet, don't know how far they're going in antagonising the rest of us.

The sheer, glaring, in-your-face overtness of their abuse of public funds to peddle their lies is breathtaking. Their ABC is actually mainly funded by middle-class taxpayers, whom they then disparage, ridicule and impugn on a daily basis. The chutzpah is extraordinary, and so will be the retribution when we finally organise and fight back.

I can see retrospective legislation being passed in a parliament of the not-too-distant future, which holds each and every ‘journalist’ working at the ABC accountable for every distortion, every misleading report, and each and every weighting of stories and combinations of stories to suit their agendas, for their whole time ‘working’ there. There’ll be heavy prison terms for each and every violation of the ABC charter. Everything is on the record. We know who they are.

Yep, they’ll be tried, convicted and carted off to prison, kicking and screaming with any luck, and thrown in with rapists and murderers. Do they think we’re kidding? Watch us. A wave of anti-elite can-do sentiment is sweeping the globe, driven by people’s access to the internet which enables them to bypass the old media gatekeepers. We can now see how they lied to us for so long.

We’ve had it with insufferable pricks like Tony Jones lecturing us (using OUR money!!) about how we need to open the Islamic floodgates and economically cripple ourselves with ‘green energy’. And we’re not going to take it for much longer. Each and every ABC hack is on notice - your conduct is being recorded, and there’ll be no statute of limitations on the retrospective offences. You WILL be held accountable for retrospectively criminal conduct requiring custodial sentences under the new legislation, and you WILL be thrown in jail.