No flight of fancy for Crabb

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - One Day To Go Wedding Of The Decade -

THE ABC’s Annabel Crabb has de­nied fly­ing busi­ness class to Lon­don to cover the royal wed­ding, in­sist­ing she was stuck in row 52G “spooned against a very large stranger”.

While ABC travel guide­lines al­low for jour­nal­ists to fly busi­ness class on long-haul flights, Crabb and Syd­ney­based off­sider Jeremy Fer­nan­dez flew cat­tle class in­stead.

Yes­ter­day an ABC spokesman said the pair had trav­elled within the broad­caster’s guide­lines, which al­low for busi­ness class un­less the em­ployee agrees other­wise. An in­dig­nant Crabb (pic­tured) said they “went straight into a full day’s work” and were “happy and hon­oured to be here”. But her heroic rev­e­la­tion ap­pears to breach the ABC travel guide­lines which state ABC staff are not re­quired to “com­mence duty within 11 hours af­ter ar­riv­ing at their des­ti­na­tion”.

Aunty’s highly paid Paul Barry and Bar­rie Cas­sidy both jumped in to de­fend Crabb and Fer­nan­dez. Fly­ing the two pre­sen­ters to Lon­don cre­ated a stir within the ABC, with staff re­port­edly an­gered Aus­tralian pre­sen­ters had been flown to a city where a large bu­reau al­ready ex­isted. It comes just days af­ter ABC boss Michelle Guthrie an­nounced plans to fight a bud­get freeze by Trea­surer Scott Mor­ri­son.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.