The ACMA

2012 radio investigations

The table below contains details of the ACMA's 2012 radio investigations and investigation reports. Details of radio investigations in other years are available on this page. Details of ACMA television investigations are available on this page.

Date Finalised Service Type Call Sign Program Name or issue Description Outcome Reports
3/12/2012 Commercial Radio 6PPM

Lisa, Paul & Baz Show

Advocacy of
alcohol misuse
during pregnancy.

No Breach - misuse of alcohol 2899 (973 kb) Lisa, Baz and Sam
26/11/2012 Commercial Radio 4EL

John McKenzie's Morning Show

Vile language and
racial vilification.
Complaintshandling.

No Breach - Hatred, contempt or ridicule; Standards of decency; Complaint handling 2874 (.doc 842 kb)  John McKenzie's Morning Show
20/11/2012 Community Radio 2OOO

Croatian Program

Broadcasting
advertisements.

Breach - Broadcast advertisements 2867 (.docx 794 kb) Croatian Program
18/10/2012 Commercial Radio 2SM

John Laws

Promotion of
smoking.

No Breach - Tobacco advertising 2856 (.doc 850 kb) John Laws Show
24/08/2012 Commercial Radio 2GB

Ray Hadley

Personal details,
including name
and address, were
broadcast on
air. Complaints handling.

Breach of clauses 2.3(d) [Privacy] and 5.5 [Failure to acknowledge receipt of complaints] of theCommercial Radio Australia Codes of Practice 2011 2773 (.docx 804 kb) The Ray Hadley Morning Show
16/08/2012 ABC Radio 6JJJ

Various

Offensive language
in song lyrics and
other material, no
warning.

No Breach - Content causing harm or offence; Provision of warnings 2839 (.docx 787 kb) Various programs
3/08/2012 Commercial Radio 2DAY

The Kyle and Jackie O Breakfast Show

Exploitation and
humiliation of child
with extra limbs.

No Breach - Additional condition imposed on commercial radio broadcasting licence no. 3032 No Breach - Clauses 1.1(e) & 1.3(a) of theCommercial Radio Codes of Practice & Guidelines 2011 2812 The Kyle and Jackie O Show
27/07/2012 Commercial Radio 2UUS

Minerals Council advertisement

Political
advertisement
in support of
mining industry
broadcast without
approved form of
announcement.

No Breach - Identification of political matter 2844 (.docx 814 kb) NSW Minerals Council advertisement
10/07/2012 ABC Radio 4RN

PM

Inaccurate
reference to the Australian
Democrats as
‘extinct’.

No Breach - Accuracy 2818 (.doc 820 kb) PM
9/07/2012 Commercial Radio 3AW

Drive with Derryn Hinch

Inaccuracies in
discussion of
television program
‘Sri Lanka’s Killing
Fields’.

No Breach - Accuracy 2781 (.doc 851 kb) Drive with Derryn Hinch
9/07/2012 Commercial Radio 3FOX

Hot 30 Countdown

Comments were
offensive and
degraded women.

No Breach - Hatred, contempt or ridicule; Standards of decency 2785 (.doc 827 kb) Hot 30 Countdown
9/07/2012 ABC Radio 3LO

Mornings

Bias in comments
on gay marriage.

No Breach - Impartiality; Diversity of perspectives; Editorial opinion 2801 (.doc 846 kb) Mornings with Jon Faine
6/07/2012 Commercial Radio 2DAY

The Kyle and Jackie O Breakfast Show

Complaints handling.

No Breach - Violence or brutality; Hatred, contempt, ridicule on/of gender and/or transgender and decency 2776 (.docx 816 kb) The Kyle & Jackie O Show
20/06/2012 ABC Radio 2RN

The World Today

Omission of historical
information in the report failed to provide relevant
context.

No Breach - Accuracy 2787 (.doc 843 kb) The World Today
31/05/2012 Commercial Radio 3AW

Mornings

Comments made
during a discussion
of decorations of all
religions were offensive and incited violence and
hatred against Muslims.
Complaints handling issue.

No Breach - Violence or brutality; Hatred, contempt or ridicule; Complaints handling 2793 (.doc 871 kb) Mornings
17/05/2012 Commercial Radio 2GB

Alan Jones

Statements made
were inaccurate, failed to present significant
viewpoints on
controversial matter of public  importance. Comments encouraged
violence and were
inappropriate.
Complaints handling issue.

No Breach - clause 1.3(a) of the Codes [Material did not breach generally accepted standards of decency] No Breach - clause 2.3(b) of the Codes [Several broadcasts demonstrated presentation of significant viewpoints on controversial issue of public importance] Breach - clauses 5.5 and 5.6 of the Codes [Failure to respond substantively to both complaints, and failure to advise of referral to the ACMA] 2674 and 2717 (PDF 205 kb) The Alan Jones Breakfast Show - (chaff bags) 29 & 30/6/11 and 6, 11 & 12/7/11
16/05/2012 Commercial Radio 2GB

Alan Jones

Statements made
were inaccurate, failed to present significant
viewpoints on
controversial matter of public importance.

Breach - clause 2.2(a) of the Codes [2GB failed to show reasonable to ensure factual content reasonably supportable as being accurate] No Breach - clause 2.3(b) of the Codes [Several broadcasts demonstrated presentation of significant viewpoints on controversial issue of public importance] Breach - clause 5.5 of the Codes [Failure to acknowledge receipt of complaints] 2597, 2614 & 2636(PDF 565 kb) The Alan Jones Breakfast Show - (Climate Change) 15/3/11
8/05/2012 Community Radio 4DDB

Licence condition matters

Broadcasting
advertisements on 7 January 2012.
Not representing the community interest.

Breach - Boadcasting advertisements 2753 (.docx 803 kb) Saturday Racing
4/05/2012 Commercial Radio 2UE

2UE Afternoons with Michael Smith

Untrue and inflammatory
remark about marriage of founder of Islam.
Complaints handling issue.

Breach - Complaints handling No Breach - Inciting hatred 2688 (.docx 791 kb) Afternoons with Michael Smith
4/05/2012 Commercial Radio 2MO

Broadcast material of local significance – applicable hours

Compliance with
the requirement to
broadcast applicable
hours of material of
local significance (‘local content’).

Breach - Broadcast of material of local significance 2759 Broadcast on 27 January 2012
11/04/2012 Commercial Radio 3MMM

Jeff & Paul Peanut Gallery

Comments made about Paris Hilton were highly
offensive and degrading to all women.

No Breach - Standards of decency 2745 (.doc 837 kb) Jeff & Paul Peanut Gallery
11/04/2012 Commercial Radio 3MEL

Hughesy & Kate

Song lyric presents the misuse of alcoholic liquor as desirable.

No Breach - Misuse of alcoholic liquor 2761 (.doc 825 kb Hughesy & Kate
5/04/2012 ABC Radio 2RN

AM

Report on climate
change was one-sided and not impartial.

No Breach - Impartiality 2755 (.doc 859 kb) AM
30/03/2012 Commercial Radio 2GB

Afternoons with Chris Smith

Alternative viewpoints not presented in the broadcast on a
controversial matter of public importance.

No Breach - clause 2.3(b) of the Codes [Several broadcasts demonstrated presentation of significant viewpoints on controversial issue of public importance] 2639 (.docx 848 kb) Afternoons with Chris Smith -  (Climate Change) 11 & 17/3/11
23/03/2012 ABC Radio 2RN

Background Briefing

Program contained
factual errors and lacked balance and objectivity.

No Breach - Accuracy; Impartiality 2681 (.doc 901 kb) Background Briefing - The Lord Monckton Roadshow
23/03/2012 ABC Radio 2RN

PM

Presenter displayed their own views during the course of an interview.

No Breach - Impartiality 2754 (.doc 843 kb) PM
15/03/2012 Commercial Radio 2DAY

The Kyle and Jackie O Show

Comments directed
towards a female
journalist were
derogatory and
offensive.

Breach - Generally accepted standards of decency (clause 1.3(a)) No Breach - Proscribed matter (clauses 1.1(a) and (e)) of the Commercial Radio Australia Codes of Practice and Guidelines 2011 2751 (DOCX 820 kb) The Kyle and Jackie O Show Additional licence condition on Licence No. 3032 (Gazetted 22 October 2012)
15/02/2012 Community Radio 3WYN

Licence condition and code matters

Broadcasting
advertisements;
operating the service as part of a profit-making
enterprise; policies
and procedures for
handling complaints
from members and
volunteers.

Breach - Broadcasting advertisements; Complaints handling policies and procedures. No Breach - Part of a profit-making enterprise. 2668 (.docx 831 kb) Broadcasting advertisements; Part of a profit-making enterprise; Complaints handling policies and procedures.
25/01/2012 Commercial Radio 6NW

Political advertisement

No identification of one of the  peakers.

Breach - Required particulars after an advertisement 2702 (.docx 787 kb) Election advertisement
24/01/2012 ABC Radio 4JJJ

Tom and Alex

Unacceptable sexual references to children.

No Breach - Harm or offence; Take appropriate steps to mitigate harm and offence; Safety to the or welfare of children 2693 (.docx 792 kb) Tom & Alex
20/01/2012 Commercial Radio 2GB

Alan Jones

Comments broadcast
ridiculed persons on grounds of ethnicity and race.

No Breach - Hatred, contempt, ridicule of persons because of ethnicity and race 2697 (.docx 797 kb) Alan Jones Breakfast Show
16/01/2012 ABC Radio 4RN

The Health Report

Broadcast was
misleading in the
presentation of fact and lacked fairness and balance.

No Breach - Accuracy; Impartiality; Diversity of perspectives; Not state or imply perspective is ABC editorial opinion; Not misrepresent any perspective; Not unduly favour one perspective; and Fair opportunity to respond to allegations 2616 (.docx 859 kb) The Health Report
10/01/2012 Community Radio 4BCR

Licence condition and code matters

Broadcasting
advertisements;
encouraging
participation; policies and procedures relating to financial members, internal
conflict resolution and complaints-handling; availability of policy
documents; complaints handling.

Breach - Policies re financial membership, Internal conflict resolution and complaints handling; Documents to be freely available; Complaints handling; Broadcast of advertisements No Breach - Complaints handling; Encouraging participation 2670 Policies re financial membership; Internal conflict resolution and complaints handling; Documents to be freely available; Complaints handling; Broadcast of advertisements; Encouraging participation
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