ACMA Media release 123/2011 – 23 November
Sydney radio station 2GB has breached the commercial radio codes of practice
by failing to present factual material accurately and by not making reasonable
efforts to present significant viewpoints.
The breaches relate to certain segments of The Alan Jones Breakfast
Show broadcast in February 2010. During the segments, Mr Jones was highly
critical of the operation of native vegetation laws and their administration by
the (then) New South Wales Department of Environment and Climate Change.
The ACMA found that 2GB did not present nor take steps to present more than
one significant viewpoint about the operation and administration of native
vegetation laws in NSW.
'The codes require licensees to make reasonable efforts or give reasonable
opportunities to present significant viewpoints on controversial issues of
public importance,' said the ACMA Chairman, Mr Chris Chapman. 'Licensees can do
this either within the same program or across similar programs but merely
presenting substantially identical viewpoints is not sufficient to satisfy the
The ACMA also found that one of the segments contained a factual error.
The complainant also alleged 2GB breached the code rule against broadcasting
material likely to encourage violence for its own sake but the ACMA did not
uphold this complaint.
The ACMA is in discussion with 2GB about its response to the breaches.
Report 2540 can be found on the ACMA website.
Background material on broadcasting
complaints can also be found on the ACMA website.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Emma Rossi,
Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7719, 0434 652 063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.