The former ABC journalist who exposed the scandal that led to the resignations of two ABC News journalists has spoken out about her experience.
Key points:ABC News Australia journalist Rebecca Williams has spoken about her time at ABC in her new book “I was fired for doing my job”The book tells of the pressure she felt to conform to the company’s standards and be seen as a role model to other womenThe story that sparked the resignments of two journalists is one that has been repeated in a number of media stories since the ABC’s internal investigation into the “fake news” scandal in 2016.
“It’s been a roller coaster of highs and lows,” Williams said in an interview with ABC News.
“When I was at ABC, it was my first time working for a national news organisation and I was doing all I could to help this company succeed.”
At that point I had all the experience and knowledge in the world of journalism to be able to report on any story, but it was also my first day as an ABC journalist.
“And I felt like I was the bad guy.”ABC News’ investigation into fake news found that the ABC News program, ABC Fact Check, had a significant bias against conservative news outlets.
“We had to take action and we did,” Williams wrote in the book.
“The result was we were fired for our work, and we felt the need to report the truth.”
Williams said she felt like a “bad role model” to other female journalists.
“I felt like we were doing our job and being a good role model for women in journalism, but we weren’t doing it because we were women,” she said.
Williams’ book was published earlier this year, and it details her experience as a reporter at ABC News from November 2016 until her resignation in January 2017.
The book details the emotional journey that led up to her dismissal and what it was like working at the ABC for more than a year.
Williams wrote of being forced to give interviews in a “toxic” environment, which she described as “tantrum-filled”.
She said she was fired after a colleague raised concerns about a story that was “not only false, but also damaging to the organisation”.
“I have not seen any evidence that I did anything wrong or I was treated differently to anyone else in my role,” she wrote.
Williams said the decision to sack her came after a meeting with then-CEO Michael O’Leary and former CEO Andrew Forrest.
Williams was one of several ABC journalists who resigned in the wake of the internal investigation, which found that a number senior ABC executives were “lying” about the extent of the ABC media organisation’s coverage of political scandals.ABC News had earlier apologised for “inaccurate” coverage of the scandal, which led to Williams’ dismissal.
The ABC had apologised to Williams, her partner and her colleagues, but Williams said the organisation’s apology did not go far enough.
“There was a lack of leadership, a lack in communication, a general lack of confidence in the ABC that was very, very disappointing,” she told ABC News Breakfast.
“What I found to be the most important thing is the fact that the people who were in charge of reporting this information were not in charge and they had no control over the actions of the people that were involved in this, which was very troubling.”
Williams’ departure came after the resignation of former CEO John Tsang and the resignation, in August 2017, of ABC journalist Peter Quinn.
Williams continued to work at ABC news until her retirement in March 2018.
“You could tell there was an effort on their part to make it a bit easier for me to go,” she recalled.
“They told me I was being fired because I was not doing my work.
I think it was very intimidating.”ABC managing director Mark Scott said the ABC has made an “inclusive and inclusive” apology to Williams and the ABC.”
Our decision to terminate the employment of Ms Williams was based on the evidence of the investigation into allegations of systemic bias within the ABC, and the subsequent review of the way in which the ABC operates,” he said.”
This was a very difficult decision, but one that we made in the interests of the organisation and our employees.”
That is what the ABC stands for.”ABC chief executive Mark Scott says the ABC will make an “insclusive and accessible apology” to former ABC reporter Rebecca Williams.ABC managing executive Mark Ryan says the board has “made an inclusive and approachable apology” for former ABC employee Rebecca Williams’ departure.