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2012 radio investigations

To access any of these investigation reports please contact broadcasting@acma.gov.au.

Program or issue Station or licensee Description Outcome Date Finalised

Lisa, Paul & Baz Show

6PPM

Advocacy of
alcohol misuse
during pregnancy.

No Breach - misuse of alcohol
BI 2899
3/12/2012

John McKenzie's Morning Show

4EL

Vile language and
racial vilification.
Complaintshandling.

No Breach - Hatred, contempt or ridicule; Standards of decency; Complaint handling
BI 2874 
26/11/2012

Croatian Program

2OOO

Broadcasting
advertisements.

Breach - Broadcast advertisements
BI 2867 
20/11/2012

John Laws

2SM

Promotion of
smoking.

No Breach - Tobacco advertising
BI 2856 
18/10/2012

Ray Hadley

2GB

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 the Commercial Radio Australia Codes of Practice 2011
BI 2773
24/08/2012

Various

6JJJ

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

No Breach - Content causing harm or offence; Provision of warnings
BI 2839
16/08/2012

The Kyle and Jackie O Breakfast Show

2DAY

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 the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice & Guidelines 2011
BI 2812
3/08/2012

Minerals Council advertisement

2UUS

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

No Breach - Identification of political matter
BI 2844
27/07/2012

PM

4RN

Inaccurate
reference to the Australian
Democrats as
‘extinct’.

No Breach - Accuracy
BI 2818
10/07/2012

Drive with Derryn Hinch

3AW

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

No Breach - Accuracy
BI 2781
9/07/2012

Hot 30 Countdown

3FOX

Comments were
offensive and
degraded women.

No Breach - Hatred, contempt or ridicule; Standards of decency
BI 2785 
9/07/2012

Mornings

3LO

Bias in comments
on gay marriage.

No Breach - Impartiality; Diversity of perspectives; Editorial opinion
BI 2801
9/07/2012

The Kyle and Jackie O Breakfast Show

2DAY

Complaints handling.

No Breach - Violence or brutality; Hatred, contempt, ridicule on/of gender and/or transgender and decency
BI 2776 
6/07/2012

The World Today

2RN

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

No Breach - Accuracy
BI 2787
20/06/2012

Mornings

3AW

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
BI 2793
31/05/2012

Alan Jones

2GB

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]
BI 2674 and 2717 
17/05/2012

Alan Jones

2GB

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]
BI 2597, 2614 & 2636
16/05/2012

Licence condition matters

4DDB

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

Breach - Boadcasting advertisements
BI 2753
8/05/2012

2UE Afternoons with Michael Smith

2UE

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

Breach - Complaints handling No Breach - Inciting hatred
BI 2688
4/05/2012

Broadcast material of local significance – applicable hours

2MO

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

Breach - Broadcast of material of local significance
BI 2759
4/05/2012

Jeff & Paul Peanut Gallery

3MMM

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

No Breach - Standards of decency
BI 2745 
11/04/2012

Hughesy & Kate

3MEL

Song lyric presents the misuse of alcoholic liquor as desirable.

No Breach - Misuse of alcoholic liquor
BI 2761 
11/04/2012

AM

2RN

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

No Breach - Impartiality
BI 2755
5/04/2012

Afternoons with Chris Smith

2GB

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]
BI 2639 
30/03/2012

Background Briefing

2RN

Program contained
factual errors and lacked balance and objectivity.

No Breach - Accuracy; Impartiality
BI 2681
23/03/2012

PM

2RN

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

No Breach - Impartiality
BI 2754
23/03/2012

The Kyle and Jackie O Show

2DAY

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
BI 2751
15/03/2012

Licence condition and code matters

3WYN

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.
BI 2668
15/02/2012

Political advertisement

6NW

No identification of one of the  peakers.

Breach - Required particulars after an advertisement
BI 2702 
25/01/2012

Tom and Alex

4JJJ

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
BI 2693
24/01/2012

Alan Jones

2GB

Comments broadcast
ridiculed persons on grounds of ethnicity and race.

No Breach - Hatred, contempt, ridicule of persons because of ethnicity and race
BI 2697 
20/01/2012

The Health Report

4RN

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
BI 2616
16/01/2012

Licence condition and code matters

4BCR

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
BI 2670
10/01/2012
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