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Ita Buttrose defends moving ABC political show Q&A as it records its lowest-ever ratings

Ita Buttrose defends moving ABC’s Q&A from Monday to Thursday nights as the political show records its lowest-ever ratings

Ita Buttrose has defended her decision to move flagship ABC show Q&A from Monday to Thursday nights. 

The ABC chairwomen stood by her choice, despite the political program suffering its lowest-ever ratings after the move. 

‘It always takes time to bed in a new program and very rarely are changes like this an instant success,’ she told The Daily Telegraph. 

Standing firm: Ita Buttrose (pictured) has defended her decision to move flagship ABC show Q&A from Monday to Thursday nights. The ABC chairwomen stood by her choice, despite the political program suffering its lowest-ever ratings after the move

In April, the show continued to slide, reaching just 224,000 viewers across five major capital cities.

It comes after the host of Q&A, Hamish Macdonald, was accused by the Greens of allowing an oil company director to ‘mock’ and ‘patronise’ one of their senators.

Aramco director and former Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris clashed with Greens senator Sarah Hanson Young during a heated discussion about fossil fuels on Thursday night’s show.

Wait: 'It always takes time to bed in a new program and very rarely are changes like this an instant success,' she told The Daily Telegraph. In April, the show continued to slide, reaching just 224,000 viewers across five major capital cities

Wait: ‘It always takes time to bed in a new program and very rarely are changes like this an instant success,’ she told The Daily Telegraph. In April, the show continued to slide, reaching just 224,000 viewers across five major capital cities

 During the exchange Ms Hanson-Young called Mr Liveris ‘patronising’ while he accused her of ‘yelling’ at him during the debate, prompting her party to criticise host Hamish for not taking her side.

The panel discussed Australia’s commitment to reducing cardon dioxide emissions following the announcement by the US that it wanted to halve its emissions by 2030. 

Mr Liveris accused Ms Hanson-Young of yelling at him after host Hamish McDonald asked panellists to ‘try and keep it respectful.’ 

Drama: It comes after the host of Q&A, Hamish Macdonald (pictured) was accused by the Greens of allowing an oil company director to 'mock' and 'patronise' one of their senators

Drama: It comes after the host of Q&A, Hamish Macdonald (pictured) was accused by the Greens of allowing an oil company director to ‘mock’ and ‘patronise’ one of their senators

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull accused Mr Liveris of sexism during a disagreement on how many jobs were provided by industries who use gas as feed stock.   

The Queensland branch of the Greens also emphasized the gender issue in a tweet which called Mr Liveris ‘appalling’ and accused Hamish Macdonald of staying silent.

‘Women should be able to appear on @QandA & speak without being spoken down to, interrupted, mocked, patronised, have a finger pointed at them and spoken over the top of,’ the party tweeted from an official account. 

Ouch: During the exchange Ms Hanson-Young called Mr Liveris 'patronising' while he accused her of 'yelling' at him during the debate, prompting her party to criticise host Hamish for not taking her side

Ouch: During the exchange Ms Hanson-Young called Mr Liveris ‘patronising’ while he accused her of ‘yelling’ at him during the debate, prompting her party to criticise host Hamish for not taking her side

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