The ABC's historical role in a strong democracy: address

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


Public forum, invited presentations on the theme 'The Most Unkindest Cut of All: Public Broadcasting’s Role in a Strong Democracy’ at the regular forum held in North Sydney, Northside Forum. Virginia Madsen was an invited guest speaker. Other speakers included former ABC Board Representative and journalist Matt Peacock; and Brett Stone, Labor Candidate for the Federal Electorate of North Sydney.


ABC as media and cultural institution, its role in Australian democracy

Period11 Aug 2018

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleThe role of the ABC in a strong democracy
    Degree of recognitionLocal
    Media name/outletNorthside forum
    Media typeOther
    Duration/Length/Size2 hours
    DescriptionVirginia Madsen reflected on the ABC's evolving role in democracy, and the impact of cuts and other threats to its independence and integrity as a public broadcaster. Madsen explored this theme drawing on comparisons with the BBC, the difference of the 'charters', and noting the importance of not only its quality news and current affairs coverage but its under assessed role as one of Australia's most significant cultural institutions. What is the ABC's value to the cultural and creative economy and ecology of Australia? Why is this historic role so at risk now?
    Producer/AuthorNorthside forum
    PersonsVirginia Madsen