Former Liberal Party Victorian state president and conservative commentator Michael Kroger is firming as the favourite to replace ABC managing director Mark Scott in Scott’s role as ABC editor-in-chief. The appointment comes after the ABC’s commission of audit recommended breaking up Scott’s position into two autonomous roles and Scott’s insistence that he would be continuing as managing director.
The chair of the ABC efficiency audit, Maurice Newman, explained the decision. “It’s just a fundamental tenet of efficiency to employ two people to do one man’s job wherever possible.”
A senior cabinet minister working in the Department of Communications and Broadband who wished to remain anonymous has told The (un)Australian that the push for Mr Kroger to be appointed as editor-in-chief is coming from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, not Communications and Broadband.
Mr Kroger has no editorial experience and has never worked in media except as a guest on the ABCs Lateline program when Amanda Vanstone was unavailable.
The other candidates currently under consideration for the position include Arthur Tunstill, Tim Wilson and Mia Freedman.