UPDATE: Peppa Pig may be the one thing both the Labor and Liberal parties can agree on.
After ABC Managing Director Mark Scott’s appearance at Senate estimates, where he indicated that Peppa Pig might not survive ABC cuts, politicians from the major parties have joined a parliamentary lobby group – Parliamentary Friends of the ABC. The group is advocating for a well-resourced public broadcaster.
Malcolm Turnbull even tweeted: “Contrary to media rumours, Peppa‘s is one snout we are happy to have in the ABC trough.”
Yesterday Mamamia reported that Peppa Pig may not survive budget cuts to the ABC.
The ABC’s funding has been trimmed by 1 per cent over the next four years by the federal budget — and when ABC managing director Mark Scott was quizzed about the future of the program in Senate estimates hearings today, he gave no guarantees.
Labor Senator Louise Pratt asked if “Peppa Pig is safe from cuts, particularly from conservatives concerned about her dangerous feminist ideology?”, the ABC reports.
“We have contracts to continue to deliver Peppa Pig, but of course the service we provide depends on the funding envelope provided,” Mr Scott said.
Here’s what Mamamia editor Jamila Rizvi wrote when Peppa Pig faced criticism last year…
It’s over ABC. The game is up. Australia’s public broadcaster has been discovered, uncovered and the dark truth has been exposed to the world.
The ABC have been using children’s television character Peppa Pig, as a tool to spread dangerous left-wing messages and promote the establishment of a socialist state. For some time the community has suspected that Peppa was a secret distributor of feminist propaganda. But it took the unparalleled journalistic bravery of The Daily Telegraph’s Piers Akerman to prove once and for all the underlying foulness of Peppa Pig and her family of fellow pigs.