The ACMA publishes investigation reports into radio and television broadcasts. The outcomes and reports of investigations into radio operations are available by year and also by service type and state or territory of the broadcaster who was the subject of a complaint. Prior to August 2008, only breach reports were published in full. Most broadcasting investigation reports are published on this website.
Summaries of reports can be found in copies of the ACMA's annual report.
Investigation Concepts series
The ACMA regulates the broadcasting sector in Australia, including commercial and community radio, and free-to-air and subscription television. The ACMA can investigate code complaints first made to broadcasters, where the complainant remains dissatisfied with the broadcaster’s response.
The various broadcast industry codes often employ general terms and phrases such as ‘accuracy’ and ‘impartiality’ about which there can be questions of interpretation. One task of the ACMA is giving meaning to such terms and deciding which broadcasts, viewed in context, cross the line between acceptable and unacceptable.
The ACMA is publishing this series Investigation Concepts to share the insights developed through its investigations work. The objective of the series is to identify how various important principles of broadcast content regulation have been exemplified, clarified or applied in ACMA decisions.
Investigation Concepts – Accuracy
The first in the series, Investigation concepts – Accuracy paper covers accuracy in news, current affairs and other factual programs. The Accuracy paper is intended to assist stakeholders with a better understanding of the ACMA’s approach to the broadcasting code provisions by drawing out the similarities and differences in the codes and their application.
Matters covered in the paper include:
> content and programs that attract accuracy obligations
> assessing meaning and accuracy
> reasonable efforts to ensure accuracy
> obligations to correct errors in accuracy