ABC managing director David Anderson turns down pay rise amid budget squeeze

The last reported pay package of the managing director was $918,924 in 2017-18.


The tribunal awarded public servants of Mr Anderson’s seniority a base salary of more than $498,080 in 2019-20.

Following a series of budget cuts since 2014, the ABC is currently navigating a three-year funding freeze that came into effect this month.

With base funding of just over $1 billion annually, the freeze will deny the broadcaster $15 million in 2019-20, $28 million in 2020-21 and $41 million in 2021-22.

In this year’s budget, the Coalition government provided some relief for the broadcaster, extending an “enhanced news-gathering” program, worth $44 million over three years on top of base funding.

Earlier this year, ABC chair Ita Buttrose said staff should not be nervous about job losses given there were other ways to achieve savings.

This was despite earlier warnings by Mr Anderson, who suggested staff cuts were “inevitable” following the funding squeeze.

The broadcaster is considering the findings of an efficiency review into its operations, commissioned by the Coalition government and handed to the ABC and SBS in March.

The review, which has not been publicly released, suggested the broadcasters refocus on content that is “core” to their charter responsibilities.


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