27 April 2012
ABC Radio 5AN impartiality breach
The Australian Communications and Media Authority finalised Investigation Report 2582 late last year, finding that Adelaide local radio station 5AN had breached the impartiality provisions of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s code of practice.
Following the decision, the ACMA has been in discussion with the ABC about the outcome of the ACMA investigation.
The ACMA found that the presenters of 5AN’s Breakfast programme, during an interview with the former South Australian state politician, Kevin Foley, displayed a fixed prejudgment on the topics discussed, asked loaded questions and used disparaging language. The broadcast was aired on the 5th April, 2011.
The ABC has acknowledged the outcome, discussed it with the presenters and noted the ACMA’s approach in this case on matters of impartiality.
In view of these matters and that this is the first breach of the impartiality provisions of the ABC code of practice since 2004, the ACMA does not intend to take any further action.
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