Former ABC Technology and Games editor Nick Ross has resigned from his role at the national broadcaster, claiming that his reporting on the National Broadband Network had been "gagged" by management.
First, some background: Ross was hired by the ABC in 2010 to head up a new portal for technology and gaming, which had little editorial oversight. Trouble started in 2013, when he wrote articles which were very critical of the Coalition's NBN policy.
Nick Ross even got into a Twitter stoush with then opposition communications spokesperson Malcolm Turnbull, who accused the journalist of running "relentless NBN propaganda".
In his Reddit AMA, Nick Ross accused senior ABC management of censoring his reporting because they did not want to get Malcolm Turnbull offside.
And because it's Reddit, the dank NBN memes started rolling in.
While others following the AMA on Twitter were a little more incredulous about his claims.
A spokesperson for the ABC told BuzzFeed News that Ross received several warnings about his tone of reporting. "Nick was told repeatedly, 'don't be an advocate be a reporter'," she said.
BuzzFeed News has contacted Nick Ross for comment.
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