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Tuesday, 16 September 1958
Page: 1230

Mr DALY (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Postmaster-General whether he will inquire into the policy being adopted by TCN, channel 9, in regard to the selection of the panel for the session " Meet the Press ". Will the Minister ascertain how often the panel is changed, what are the qualifications of its members, and for what reasons certain members are left off the panel from time to time? Will he ascertain also why certain well-known, skilled and penetrating questioners on political events conveniently appear to be missing from the panel at times when they might well be expected to be on hand, such as on Sunday night last, 14th September? Will the Minister ascertain whether these questioners are deliberately excluded from the panel, and inexperienced questioners substituted in order to suit the convenience of the personality being interviewed ot to ensure that only the right questions are asked and the right answers may be given according to the attitude of the newspaper interests in control of the station; in other words, to ensure that the personality will ".stay in line with channel 9 "?

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