The ABC’s had a pretty rocky ride in the Howard era. Aside from funding cuts, and the mad adventure of the Shier revolution, there’s also been the relentless attack on “bias” and push for “balance” – which has had its effect on the ABC’s news and current affairs coverage. This has been driven, as Alan Knight from Friends of the ABC documents in an essay for Crikey today, through what really has been a concerted “march through the institutions” by the culture warriors, who in their usual ex-Maoist style, do exactly what they accuse teh left of doing in deranged column after deranged column, unreadable Quadrant article after unreadable Quadrant article. Through all this, when you take into account all the ABC does, particularly on the radio networks and now on the web, I think it’s still true to say that we’re very well served by our public broadcaster. I’m hoping that if the Albrechtsens and Windschuttles of the world don’t have the decency to resign from the Board (and let’s face it, a Rudd victory might make it much harder for them to claim they represent “the people”), that a reshaping of Board appointment processes in the direction of transparency and bipartisanship and genuine expertise and staff representation, which Rudd is expected to deliver, would provide a good argument for legislating to chuck the whole existing Board out and start afresh.