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ABC legend Kerry O’Brien slams national broadcaster’s high-profile TV reporters for hitting out ‘willy-nilly’ on social media: ‘Clearly problems’ [Video]

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An ABC legend has criticised the public broadcaster and its new crop of staff for using social media in a way which opens themselves up to accusations of bias.

Six-time Walkley award winner Kerry O’Brien appeared on ABC Radio National on Tuesday morning as chair Ita Buttrose celebrates her final week in the role after five years at the helm.

But Mr O’Brien was scathing in his assessment of the state of the public broadcaster in recent years, in particular ABC stars’ penchant for promoting themselves and their work on apps like X.

‘If you’re a staff member of the ABC, if you’re going to work for a public broadcaster, your role (as journalists) is one of reporting news and analysing news,’ he said.

‘[It is ] not expressing your personal opinions on a story, or on issues more broadly.’

Six-time Walkley award winner Kerry O’Brien appeared on ABC Radio …

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