The ABC has agreed to open board meetings to the public next year, avoiding the government introducing legislation to force the broadcaster it to hold the forums.
At least half of the ABC’s 6 board meetings will be followed by community forums in a bid to make their processes more transparent. At least two will be held in regional areas, The Australian reports.
An SBS spokeswoman also said it would take government policy “into consideration” when arranging board meetings for 2017 but it already hosted and participated in many community forums, “providing valuable opportunities to connect with the diverse communities it serves”.
Senator Leyonhjelm asked for the “open community forums” as part of a vote deal with the government to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission.