Political relocation calls are ‘massive waste of taxpayers’ money’: SBS boss

SBS boss Michael Ebeid has criticised headline-seeking politicians, rejecting calls for the relocation of the broadcaster to western Sydney — although he is flattered by the attention of local councils.

Moving SBS out west from the Sydney North Shore suburb of Artarmon would be “a massive waste of taxpayers’ money”, argued the Special Broadcasting Service’s managing director Michael Ebeid on Wednesday.

Appearing at Budget Estimates, Ebeid responded to calls from New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and the mayors of Liverpool and Blacktown to move SBS to the multicultural west.

Earlier this week, Baird said he was “strongly” supportive of relocating SBS: “I think it’s a great idea; indeed, it’s logical,” he argued.

“If you look at where western Sydney is moving, where Liverpool is moving, the opportunity in terms of future jobs … I mean, SBS could be a pivotal part in terms of technology.”

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