Senator tells government inquiry that Stephen Fry and Graham Norton appear too frequently on Australian public service broadcaster ABC.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Margaret Reynolds, who is also the president of the public lobby group Friends of ABC in Tasmania, asked rhetorically how viewers were meant to know they were in Australia when watching the television, frequency with which comedians Fry and Norton appeared.
ABC is linked with the BBC, meaning that the Australian broadcaster is able to show BBC programmes, including the BBC World News programme. The broadcaster's managing director Mark Scott was involved in a government inquiry on Friday after the decision was made to close the ABC television studio in Tasmania, causing 16 people to lose their jobs. The senators wanted to establish if ABC's "increased centralisation" had hindered its "ability to reflect national identity and diversity".
Reynolds is reported to have said, "I am concerned that my future ABC viewing will contain more bought-in programmes from the BBC and Thames Television starring Stephen Fry and Graham Norton. And if I miss them I can always catch them again on ABC2. I can feel myself glazing over at the thought", according to the Daily Mail.
Mr Scott responded to the criticisms by saying, "local production should not be conflated with locally relevant content".
Alice Vincent Telegraph.co.uk