The Courier-Mail

ABC de­nies con­flict of in­ter­est in speak­ing gig

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THE an­chor off ABC-TV’s flag- . ship weeknight t s ss,pro­gram­cur­rent af­fairs7.30, , p ly Leigh Sales, is s re nent among ABC prominews s - per­son­al­i­ties s who are subsi- dis­ing lu­cra­tivee six-fig­ure pub­licc broad­caster in­comes omes with paid work as public speak­ers.

Sales (pic­tured), who earns $280,400 at the broad­caster, nor­mally com­mands $10,000 an event. The cur­rent af­fairs pre­sen­ter is just one of a host of ABC news pro­gram anchors w whose ser­vices are sp spruiked by public speak­ingsp bu­reaus; althoughal in Walk­leyle Award win­ner Sales’Sa case, on mul­ti­plem bu­reaus.

An ABC spokesmanm yesterday de­fend­edfe the broad­caster’sca de­ci­sion to al­lowal its key jour­nal­ists the free­domf to sup­ple­ment their in­comes with cor­po­rate work, de­spite con­cern it flies in the face of the broad­caster’s char­ter con­cern­ing jour­nal­is­tic in­de­pen­dence and could com­pro­mise the in­tegrity of its news prod­ucts.

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