Friday, 17 January 2014

So you think Australia's national broadcaster is biased?


Over the last two years I have noticed a growing number of people becoming quite vocal on social media sites such as Twitter concerning perceived bias by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Some appear convinced that bias is displayed in favour of right-wing political views and others are equally convinced that the ABC is part of a left-wing conspiracy.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority obviously does not agree with either view:

Call sign
Title/program or topic (PDF/Word download)
Outcome
Date of website publication
ABC (ABT Tasmania)
3118 ABC News
No breach - impartiality and privacy
28 Nov 2013
ABC (ABV Melbourne)
3108 (.docx 792 kb)
Adam Hills Tonight
No breach – Harm and offence; Providing sufficient warning
7 Nov 2013
ABC (ABC2)
3103 (.docx 790 kb)
Funny As: Steve Googan
No Breach—MA15+ classification guidelines (language)
1 Oct 2013
ABC (ABV Victoria)
3077 (.docx 782 kb)
Q&A
No Breach—Harm & offence
24 Sept 2013
ABC (ABN)
3073 (.docx 788 kb)
ABC News 24
No Breach—Content likely to cause harm/offence
11 Sept 2013
ABC3
3074 (.docx 805 kb)
You’re Skitting Me
No Breach of standards 7.1 [Harm and offence] and 7.7 [Stereotyping and discriminatory content] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011
10 Sept 2013
ABC1 (ABN Sydney)
2997 (.docx 792 kb)
Gruen Planet
No Breach—Captioning
9 Sept 2013
ABC (ABV Melbourne)
3059 (.docx 787 kb)
The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting
No Breach—Harm or offence
29 Aug 2013
ABC (ABN Sydney)
3069 (.docx 788 kb)
The Checkout
No Breach—Standard 7.1 [Content likely to cause harm/offence]
28 Aug 2013
ABC News 24
3041 (.docx 813 kb)
The Drum
No Breach—Standards:
7.1 [Harm or offence]
7.7 [Unjustified use of stereotypes or discriminatory content]
14 Aug 2013
ABC Canberra
3025 (.docx 808 kb)
ABC News
No Breach—Standards:
2.1 [Ensure that material facts are accurate and presented in context]
4.1 [Gather and present news with impartiality]
4.5 [Do not unduly favour one perspective]
5.3 [Opportunity to respond]
5.4 [Attribute information to its source]
26 Jul 2013
ABC (ABN)
3021 (.doc 840 kb)
Promotion for Shaun Micallef's Made as Hell
No Breach—Standard 7.1 (Harm and offence)
15 Jul 2013
ABC Canberra
2865 (.docx 877 kb)
7.30
No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality, fair and honest dealing
12 Jul 2013
ABC (ABN Sydney)
2956 (.doc 932 kb)
Catalyst
No Breach—standards 2.1 or 2.2 (Accuracy)
11 Jul 2013
ABC Perth
2999 (.doc)
ABC News
No Breach—Accuracy or misleading material
9 Jul 2013
ABC (ABV Melbourne)
3036 (.docx 835 kb)
Q and A
No Breach—Present a diversity of perspectives; Not misrepresent any perspectives; Not unduly favour one perspective over another
8 Jul 2013
ABC (ABV) Australia-wide
2988 (.doc 888 kb)
Compass – 'Churches on Trial'
No Breach—Harm and offence
8 Jul 2013
ABC1 (ABQ)
3047 (.docx 788 kb)
Last Tango in Halifax
No Breach—Standard 7.3.1 (Television Classifications – PG) and Standard 7.3.3 (Television Classification Symbols) of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (Revised 2013)
3 Jul 2013
ABC (ABN)
2975 (.doc 824 kb)
ABC News 24
No Breach—4.1 [Impartiality] or 7.1 [Harm and offence]
2 Jul 2013
ABC (ABN)
2923 (.docx 797 kb)
Gruen Transfer
Breach—section 130ZR(1) of Part 9 D of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 [Captioning]
4 Jun 2013
ABC (ABN)
2900 (.docx 2537kb)
At the Movies
Breach—section 130ZR(1)(a) of Part 9D of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 [Captioning]
4 Jun 2013
ABC (ABQ)
3024 (.docx 276 kb)
ABC News
No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality
28 May 2013
ABC (ABV)
2974 (.doc 854 kb)
7:30
No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality
16 May 2013
ABC (ABV)
2977 (.doc 824 kb)
ABC News Breakfast
No Breach—Impartiality
14 May 2013
ABC (ABW)
2916 (.doc)
ABC News
No Breach—Accuracy
1 May 2013
ABC (ABW)
2936 (.doc 872 kb)
Clarke and Dawe
No Breach—Impartiality
30 Apr 2013
ABC1 (ABQ)
2966 (786 kb)
The Pillars of the Earth
No Breach—Television classifications - M
24 Apr 2013
ABC (ABN)
2973 (881 kb)
ABC News 24
No Breach—Accuracy; Stereotypes or discriminatory content
11 Apr 2013
ABC (ABT)
2945 (825 kb)
Redfern Now,Warehouse Comedy Festival, Alan Carr: Chatty Man
No Breach—Harm or offence
11 Apr 2013
ABC (ABV)
2931 (897 kb)
Lateline
No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality; Balance
11 Apr 2013
ABC3 (ABQ)
2996 (.docx 790 kb)
The Twisted Whiskers Show
No Breach—Television classifications - G
10 Apr 2013
ABC (ABQ)
2902 (.doc 845 kb)
Insiders
No Breach—Accuracy
5 Apr 2013
ABC (ABN)
2912 (.docx 787 kb)
News Update
Breach—Quality of Captions
27 Mar 2013
ABC (ABN)
2917 (.doc 856 kb)
ABC News 24
No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality
20 Mar 2013
ABC (ABT Tasmania)
2909 (.doc 849 kb)
Prank Patrol
No Breach—Harm or offence; Stereotypes
20 Feb 2013
ABC (ABN News 24)
2903 (.docx 875 kb)
The Drum
No Breach—Impartiality; Balance
13 Feb 2013
ABC (ABN Sydney)
2855 (.doc 889 kb)
Catalyst
No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality; Diversity of perspectives
29 Jan 2013
ABC (ABW Perth)
2882 (.doc 868 kb)
Four Corners
No Breach—Privacy; Harm or offence
25 Jan 2013
ABC (ABN Nthn NSW)
2927 (.docx 789 kb)
The Hamster Wheel
No Breach—Television classifications—M
17 Jan 2013
ABC (ABN Sydney)
2884 (827 kb)
Catalyst
No Breach—Accuracy
9 Jan 2013
ABC (ABS SA)
2872 (PDF)
7.30
No Breach—Impartiality
20 Dec 2013
ABC (ABV Melbourne)
2853 (.doc 838 kb)
Media Watch
No Breach—Accuracy
6 Dec 2012
ABC (ABN NSW)
2806 (.doc 857 kb)
Media Watch
No Breach—Impartiality; Balance
6 Dec 2012
ABC (ABQ Brisbane)
2866 (.doc 829 kb)
Lateline
No Breach—Impartiality; Balance
23 Nov 2012
ABC (ABC2)
2905 (.docx 779 kb)
The Roast
No Breach—Television Classifications - PG
15 Nov 2012
ABC (ABQ)
2857 (.doc 954 kb)
ABC News 24
No Breach—Impartiality
13 Nov 2012
ABC (ABT)
2877 (.doc 828 kb)
ABC News 24
No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality
7 Nov 2012
ABC (ABQ)
2862 (.doc 840 kb)
ABC News
No Breach—Impartiality; Balance
7 Nov 2012
ABC (ABN)
2837 (.docx 894 kb)
Media Watch
No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality; Balance; Opportunity to respond; Stereotypes
6 Nov 2012
ABC (ABN)
2838 (.docx 861 kb)
Media Watch
No Breach—Impartiality; Opportunity to respond; Harm and offence; Stereotypes
6 Nov 2012
ABC (News 24)
2863 (.docx 831 kb)
ABC News Breakfast
No breach—Factual accuracy; Misleading factual content; Correction of errors
2 Oct 2012
ABC (ABQ Queensland)
2807 (.docx 799 kb)
Budget 2012: The Treasurer's Speech
Breach—Captioning requirements
28 Sept 2012
ABC TV1
2730 (.docx 2.5 mb)
Media Watch
Breach—Standard 5.3 (Opportunity to respond to allegations) of the ABC Code of Practice 2011
No Breach—Standards 2.1, 2.2 and 4.1 (Factual inaccuracy and Impartiality) of the ABC Code of Practice 2011
28 Sept 2012
ABC (ABQ Queensland)
2869 (.docx 786 kb)
Rage
No Breach—Television classifications (G)
25 Sept 2012
ABC (ABV Victoria)
2847 (.docx 793 kb)
Lateline
No Breach—Accuracy; Impartial presentation; Not favour one perspective over another
30 Aug 2012
ABC1 (ABQ Brisbane)
2799 (.docx 795 kb)
Q&A Lateline
Breach—Captioning requirements
21 Aug 2012
ABN (Sydney)
2784 (.docx 785 kb)
Raw Comedy Festival 2012
No Breach—Unjustified harm or offence; Stereotypes and discrimination
15 Aug 2012
ABW (Perth)
2788 (.doc 871 kb)
The World
No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality; Balance, sensitivity, stereotypes
13 Jul 2012
ABC (ABN NSW)
2821 (.doc 893 kb)
Lateline
No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality
13 Jul 2012
ABC (Canberra)
2810 (.docx 784 kb)
The Hamster Wheel
No Breach—Harm and offence
20 Jun 2012
ABC3 (ABV Victoria)
2808 (.docx 779 kb)
You're Skitting Me
No breach—Television classifications (G)
20 Jun 2012
ABC TV1 (ABV)
2805 (.doc 821 kb)
7.30
No Breach—Impartiality
8 Jun 2012
ABC TV3 (Victoria)
2672 (.docx 813 kb)
Behind the News Extra
No Breach—Factual accuracy; Correction of significant errors; Impartiality; Representing perspectives
8 Jun 2012
ABC1 (ABV Victoria)
2738 (.docx 777 kb)
The Slap
No Breach—Inappropriate depictions of sex, drug use and themes
7 Jun 2012
ABW (WA)
2795 (.docx 824 kb)
ABC News
No Breach—Harm or offence; Sensitivity, distress to relatives and cultural practices
21 May 2012
ABW (Perth)
2669 (.docx 835 kb)
Jandamarra's War
No Breach—Accuracy; Discrimination
14 May 2012
ABC TV1 (ABV Victoria)
2767 (.doc 815 kb)
Midday Report
No Breach—Dangerous imitation
10 May 2012
ABC3 (ABV Victoria)
2777 (.docx 778 kb)
Kaeloo
No Breach—Television classifications (G)
27 Apr 2012
ABC (Darwin)
2783 (.doc 851 kb)
ABC News 24
No Breach—Factual accuracy; Impartiality
24 Apr 2012
ABC1 (Perth)
2757 (.docx 810 kb)
Rage
No Breach—Television classifications (G); Harm and offence (dangerous imitation and threats to health); Children and young people (managing risks of exposure to ABC content); Children and young people (minimise risk of exposure to unsuitable content)
16 Apr 2012
ABV (Victoria)
2749 (.doc 829 kb)
Tim Minchin vs The Sydney Symphony Orchestra
No Breach—Harm or offence; Stereotypes or discriminatory content
2 Apr 2012
ABN (NSW)
2748 (.docx 788 kb)
Tim Minchin vs The Sydney Symphony Orchestra
No Breach—Harm or offence; Stereotypes or discriminatory content
2 Apr 2012
ABC1 (ABW WA)
2752 (.docx 780 kb)
The Thick of It
No Breach—Language
9 Mar 2012
ABC News 24
2727 (.docx 780 kb)
Channel promotion
No Breach—Impartiality
7 Mar 2012
ABC1 (Melbourne)
2739 (.docx 786 kb)
The Slap—Manolis
No Breach—Language; Sex; Harm and offence
24 Feb 2012
ABC (ABN Sydney)
2673 (.docx 976 kb)
Judith Lucy's Spiritual Journey
No Breach—Harm or offence; Dignity and welfare of children and young people
17 Feb 2012
ABC (ABN Sydney)
2723 (.docx 793 kb)
The Hamster Wheel
No Breach—Stereotypes or discriminatory content
14 Feb 2012
ABC2 (Victoria)
2718 (.docx 799 kb)
Martin Morning
No Breach—Dangerous imitation; Manage and minimise risks for children and young people
10 Feb 2012
ABC1 (Qld)
2735 (.docx 792 kb)
The Night Watch
No Breach—Sex; Nudity; Harm and offence
8 Feb 2012
ABC1 (Perth)
2715 (.docx 784 kb)
The Song of Lunch
No Breach—Classification time zone
7 Feb 2012
ABC TV1 (Victoria)
2698 (.docx 791 kb)
The Gruen Transfer
No Breach—Harm or offence; Stereotypes or discriminatory content
6 Feb 2012
ABC TV
2694 (.docx 814 kb)
Four Corners
No Breach—Balance will be sought
6 Feb 2012
ABC (ABN Sydney)
2722 (.docx 791 kb)
7:30
No Breach—Stereotypes or discriminatory content
1 Feb 2012
ABC1
2724 (.docx 791 kb)
Q&A
No Breach—Language
25 Jan 2012
ABC Canberra / ABN Sydney
2680 (.doc 957 kb)
ABC News
No Breach—Stereotypes or discriminatory content
11 Jan 2012
ABC1
2705 (.docx 789 kb)
The Slap—Hector
No Breach—Language; Sex
11 Jan 2012
ABC1
2706 (.docx 787 kb)
The Slap—Anouk
No Breach—Language; Sex
11 Jan 2012
ABC1
2642 (.doc 991 kb)
Hungry Beast
No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality; Unduly favour one perspective over another
11 Jan 2012
ABC1
2644 (.doc 992 kb)
Four Corners
No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality; Unduly favour one perspective over another
11 Jan 2012
ABC (ABV Melbourne)
2638 (.doc 1.1 mb)
Lateline
No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality; Unduly favour one perspective over another
11 Jan 2012

The Canberra Times 21 December 2012:

THE broadcasting watchdog has dismissed allegations the 7.30 host, Leigh Sales, showed bias against the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority investigated the interview, broadcast on August 22, in which Ms Sales grilled Mr Abbott over his claim that BHP suspended its Olympic Dam project as a result of the carbon tax.
Ms Sales extracted an admission from Mr Abbott that he had not read BHP's statement, which made no mention of the tax......

1 comment:

John Fraser said...

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And still the Murdoch media attacks the ABC and SBS.

Apparently phone hacking and sending "tainted property" around the world to be published and profitable is not a crime in the Murdoch media.