ACMA Media Release 136- 10 December 2011
The ABC Adelaide local radio station 5AN breached the impartiality
requirements of the ABC code of practice in an interview with the South
Australian State politician Kevin Foley on 5 April 2011. The interview took
place during the program Breakfast.
The ACMA found that the presenters displayed fixed prejudgment on the topics
discussed, asked loaded questions and used disparaging language.
The ACMA opened the investigation in response to two complaints it received.
One of the complainants also alleged that the broadcast had conveyed prejudice
on grounds of sex and disability. The ACMA did not uphold this aspect of the
This is the first breach of the impartiality provisions of the ABC code of
practice since 2004.
The ACMA is liaising with the ABC about appropriate remedial measures.
Report 2582 can be found on the ACMA website.
Background material on broadcasting
complaints can also be found on the ACMA website.
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Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7719, 0434 652 063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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