ACMA Media Release 135- 16 December 2011
A Channel Seven News segment broadcast in February this year about a remark
made by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott did not breach the Commercial Television
Industry Code of Practice 2010 requirements for news programs to be:
- factually accurate, and
- presented fairly and impartially.
The news segment included footage of Mr Abbott in discussion with US and
Australian military leaders while visiting Afghanistan in August 2010,
following the death of an Australian soldier. The segment also included footage
of an interview with Mr Abbott in which he was invited to explain a remark he
had made in the course of those discussions.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority found that the
judgmental language and tone of the segment's opening was countered by the
weight of contextualising material and the inclusion in the segment of the
entire interview with Mr Abbott. The ACMA also found that the ordinary
reasonable viewer of the segment as a whole would have understood what Mr
Abbott's remark was about, its context and that it was not made in a cavalier
or dismissive way.
For these reasons, no breach was found.
Report 2573 is available on the ACMA website.
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