Senator wants to know ABC rich list
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.