Se­na­tor wants to know ABC rich list

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - TOM MINEAR AND ROB HAR­RIS

THE ABC will be forced to dis­close by the end of next month which of its jour­nal­ists and pre­sen­ters are on tax­payer­funded salar­ies of more than $200,000.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Mitch Fi­field has asked the ABC and SBS to pub­lish a list of the high­est-paid staff.

If the pub­licly funded broad­cast­ers refuse to co-op­er­ate, Se­na­tor Fi­field has vowed to change the law to force them to re­lease the salary lists.

Ra­dio host Jon Faine, 7.30 an­chor Leigh Sales and Ra­dio National Break­fast pre­sen­ter Fran Kelly are likely among the ABC’s high­est paid tal­ent.

It was re­vealed ear­lier this year that the ABC’s top 20 on­air pre­sen­ters were all paid more than $225,000, but the ABC has re­fused to re­lease their in­di­vid­ual salar­ies.

Se­na­tor Fi­field, in a let­ter to ABC chair­man Justin Milne, said the salar­ies should be made pub­lic in line with a sim­i­lar move by the BBC in Bri­tain.

“Tax­pay­ers are en­ti­tled to ex­pect a high level of trans­parency about how their taxes are be­ing ex­pended on their be­half,” Sen Fi­field wrote.

The de­mand for trans­parency was pushed by One Na­tion as part of a deal to sup­port the gov­ern­ment’s me­dia re­form pack­age.

Mitch Fi­field.

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