The ABC’s board will be asked to reconsider triple j’s decision to move the date of its highly successful Hottest 100 countdown away from Australia Day, according to the Communications Minister.
The scheduling change was announced yesterday and has caused significant brouhaha among politicians, with some criticising the ABC for seeking to “delegitimise” Australia Day.
Triple j management argue the Hottest 100 was not created as an Australia Day celebration, and it had consulted with its audience, the music industry and Indigenous Australians about whether changing the date was necessary.
“There are a relatively small number of people who have an issue with the fact that Australia Day is celebrated on January 26,” Communications Minister Mitch Fifield told News Breakfast.
“I already have made my view clear to the ABC.
“And I’ll be asking the board of the ABC, who have the ultimate programming and editorial responsibility, to reconsider this.”
More to come.