Read an ABC staffer’s absolutely scathing email about older colleagues on one of the broadcaster’s crustier channels
- Outgoing ABC employee irate at perceived ageism
- Email to colleagues claims older employees paid more
An irate former employee of ABC’s Radio National has sent a scathing farewell email claiming the national broadcaster favoured older colleagues.
The departing employee criticised the broadcaster for overlooking younger employees while paying older employees $20,000 to $30,000 more due to them ‘winning the demographic lottery’.
‘I used to laugh ironically to myself when feminist colleagues spoke about the glass ceiling for women,’ the employee’s email reads.
‘At RN there was a f***ing cement ceiling for anyone born after 1972.’
An irate former employee of ABC’s Radio National has sent a scathing email claiming the national broadcaster favoured older employees and paid them more (ABC’s Ultimo office in Sydney)
Referencing their ‘toxic relationship’ with Radio National, the employee warned that the lower salary levels for younger employees aren’t enough to live on if residing on the nation’s east coast.
‘You might be an EP (executive producer) now, but unless you are independently wealthy, you need to set a timeline to leave,’ the email reads.
‘Not because you hate the work or your colleagues but because you can no longer have a financially stable life in an eastern Australian city on ABC wages.’
The staffer hoped the email make its way up the broadcaster’s chain of command, reported The Age.
In October of last year, the ABC’s chairperson, Ita Buttrose, spoke on Radio National Breakfast as a part of Ageism Awareness Day.
‘I don’t think the ABC could be accused of not giving younger talent opportunities,’ Ms Buttrose said.
However, she followed the comment by saying: ‘If younger people think there’s no place for someone in their 60s, they need to think about how they would want to be treated when they get to that age.’
In October last year, the ABC’s chairperson, Ita Buttrose (pictured) claimed the ABC couldn’t be ‘accused’ of not giving younger talent ‘opportunities’
The comments were in response to criticism the national broadcaster had not accommodated younger audiences and younger talent within the company.
Youth-centered arms of the broadcaster such as Triple J have seen younger audiences turn to other stations such as SmoothFm.
Younger talent at the ABC have also branched away from the company to start independent adventures or work for other outlets.
Journalist Brooke Boney and comedian Gen Fricker both left the broadcaster in recent years for other opportunities, while Alexei Toliopoulos and Cameron James both started an independent series on Youtube.
The ABC chose not to comment when approached by Daily Mail Australia.