Prime Minister Scott Morrison has formally announced Ita Buttrose as the government’s pick to chair the ABC, declaring he trusts the publishing icon to lead the public broadcaster out of a tumultuous period.
In a press conference on Thursday, Ms Buttrose said she was a passionate believer in the ABC and its independence, promising to fiercely protect it.
«Australians trust Ita. I trust Ita and that’s why I have asked her to take on this role,» Mr Morrison said.
«The reason she has been so successful in publishing, in broadcasting, is she has always put her viewers, her listeners and her readers first. And you know what? That’s what the ABC needs to do too.»