ABC Boss Apologises to Stan Grant After Q&A Name

Managing director of the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) David Anderson has apologised to journalist Stan Grant after he stepped away from his position as host of the Q&A program, citing exhaustion with persistent racial abuse.

“Stan has our full assist. And he has at all times had our full assist,” Anderson wrote in an e mail to ABC workers. “Stan makes an infinite contribution to conversations of nationwide significance.”

Grant made the choice to depart Q&A final week after racism in opposition to him intensified following his involvement within the public broadcaster’s protection of the King’s coronation.

The veteran correspondent was invited to take part in an ABC TV dialogue on coronation day, throughout which he identified that the crown represents the invasion and theft of Aboriginal land.

In his e mail to ABC workers, Anderson stated he agreed with a advice from the ABC’s Indigenous advisory committee to evaluate how the broadcaster responds to racism in the direction of workers.

He stated anti-ABC reporting from some business media retailers had been “sustained and vitriolic.”

“This has real-world penalties for ABC presenters and journalists who’re personally attacked and vilified,” he wrote.

“How the ABC helps individuals in these moments is vital. Stan Grant has acknowledged that he has not felt publicly supported. For this, I apologise to Stan.

“The ABC endeavours to assist its workers within the unlucky moments when there’s exterior abuse directed at them.”

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A equipped picture of Stan Grant speaking about his new e-book The Queen is Lifeless on the Melbourne Writers Competition in Melbourne, Australia on Might 6, 2023. (AAP Picture/Equipped by Andrew Guo, Atticus Media)

Grant final week expressed frustration on the ABC’s executives, saying not a single one had publicly refuted the lies which have been written and spoken about him.

“I don’t maintain any particular person accountable; that is an institutional failure,” he stated.

Whereas the ABC’s information director Justin Stevens had been a “assist and a consolation” in keeping with Grant, the nationwide broadcaster had its personal legacy of racism.

In an announcement final week, Stevens stated the broadcaster stood by Grant and the abuse was “abhorrent and unacceptable.”

Threats in opposition to Grant had been referred to police whereas a proper grievance had additionally been lodged with Twitter over person feedback.

The ABC Ombudsman would examine editorial complaints relating to the panel, Stevens stated.