The Zaky Mallah debacle still continues for Aunty as the board has moved Q&A from the Entertainment portfolio to the News And Current Affairs division.
The controversial Q&A show where Mallah said Australian Muslims who disagree with Liberal politicians are “justified” in joining ISIS. The fallout from the incident lead to Abbott’s ministers pulling out of the program and the ratings have plummeted.
In a statement, the ABC said Q&A‘s move would provide “greater operational and cultural alignment”.
“The ABC Board meeting today considered outstanding matters relating to the Q&A program. The Board received an update on the independent review being undertaken by Shaun Brown and Ray Martin.
“The terms of reference for the review are available on the ABC website. The Board was briefed separately by management on the editorial processes surrounding the program. Based on the information provided, the Board considers both the program and the wider ABC would benefit by an orderly shift of Q&A into the ABC News Division.
“Q&A is a significant feature in Australia’s news and current affairs cycle. Such relocation should provide the program with greater operational and cultural alignment. Timing of the move will be determined by management in light of accommodation, scheduling, staffing and other factors.
“The change will take effect no later than the 2016 broadcast year.”