In a shocking move, ABC closes opinion website “The Drum.” The effects were significant and instantaneous, probably Michelle Guthrie that her decision was to rash and not well thought out.
In a reportedly cost-saving move, ABC new managing director Michelle Guthrie ordered the shutdown of the opinion website “The Drum.”
The ABC is reportedly insisting that the move was largely decided upon by the head of news, Gaven Morris. Allegedly, this is to ensure that the news division’s online output will all be under one website already, at the expense of “The Drum.”
This decision however, looks a bit odd. According to the Guardian, the axing of “The Drum” will not really save ABC that much money. First, “The Drum” only has two staff. Contributors working for “The Drum” are reportedly not even paid that well.
The real reason must be is that Guthrie will rather streamline ABC’ online analysis by focusing more on news analysis only and no more outside opinion (or at least significantly less.).
“Operating in the commercial space, we expect vigorous competition from other commercial publishers,” Beecher said. “But to see the ABC tanks roll up on our lawn was bewildering.”
Well known personalities and ordinary fans of the site are split. Some agree that it was time to let “The Drum” go, but others smelled something fishy with the move. Many assert that Guthrie must be moving in accordance to Rupert Murdoch’s machinations. See some of the tweets below.
— luke mcavenna (@rhythmnation) July 5, 2016
So the dismantling of the ABC has began. 1st FactCheck, now The Drum. What’s next? The IPA/Murdoch take over of the media is almost complete
— Craig (@Sutto2606) July 5, 2016
Murdoch gets his way : ABC closes opinion website the Drum with immediate effect https://t.co/tSu4GCda7E
— JohnPaul (@jpcenzato) July 5, 2016
— Ben Cubby (@bencubby) July 5, 2016
Hoping The Drum’s final opinion piece is “Why I axed The Drum”, by Michelle Guthrie.
— Mark Humphries (@markhumphries) July 5, 2016
Others just praised “The Drum” for what it has accomplished.