Political interference crisis hits Australia's national broadcaster

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Walkouts and demands for an inquiry after it emerges chairman demanded a reporter be sacked for criticising the government

Australia’s national broadcaster has been plunged into crisis after it emerged that the chairman of its board had demanded a reporter be fired following pressure from the then prime minister.

The unprecedented political interference in the running of the state-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation triggered emergency staff meetings at its offices across the country, calls for the chairman, Justin Milne, to resign, and demands from the opposition for a Senate inquiry.

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