2018 television investigations | ACMA

2018 television investigations

The table below contains details of the ACMA's 2018 television investigations and investigation reports. Details of television investigations in other years are available on this page. Details of ACMA radio investigations are available on this page.

Date finalised Service type Investigation number / Report Station / licensee Program or issue Description Outcome
7 November 2018 National TV BI-428 ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation 7.30 Accuracy and impartiality – in an interview with the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) No breach of standard 2.1 [accuracy], standard 2.2 [materially mislead viewers] or standard 4.1 [impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2016)

27 September 2018

Open narrowcast television BI-418 WIN / West TV Limited RT World News Accuracy and fairness and complaints handling – in a news program Breach of Code 2.4 [respond to complaints within 60 days]; and no finding on Code 2.1 [accuracy and fairness] of the ASTRA Open Narrowcast Television Codes of Practice 2009

 

6 November 2018

 

Commercial TV BI-429 Nine / TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd Non – Program matter Advertising audio levels and loudness – advertising on a commercial television channel No breach of clause 5.7.2 [audio levels and loudness] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 (revised 2018)
1 November 2018 Subscription broadcast TV BI-430 Foxtel Cable Television Pty Limited The Adam Giles Show Provoke intense dislike, serious contempt on the grounds of national or ethnic origin or race, or religion – in a studio interview. No breach of subclause 2.1(a) [provoke intense dislike, serious contempt on the grounds of national or ethnic origin or race, or religion] of the Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice 2013 (revised in 2018)
11 September 2018 National TV BI-407  ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation Four Corners Accuracy, corrections and clarifications, impartiality – in a report about Australians responding to climate change No breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy] or 2.2 [materially mislead] or 3.1 [corrections and clarifications] or 4.1 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of practice 2011 (revised in 2016)
31 August 2018 Commercial TV BI-425 9Gem / Swan Television & Radio Broadcasters Pty Ltd Non-Program matter Advertising hourly limit – advertising on a commercial television multi-channel No breach of clause 5.4.2 [advertising limits] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015
28 August 2018 Commercial TV  BI-414 TEN / Network TEN (Melbourne) Pty Limited MasterChef Australia Captioning – no captions provided on a program broadcast between 6 am and midnight on commercial television primary channel Breach of subsection 130ZR(1) [basic rule] of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 disregarded as subsection 130ZUB(1) [disregarding breaches caused by significant, unforeseen technical difficulties] is applicable, and no breach of paragraph 7(1)(o) [comply with Part 9D] of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992.
10 August 2018  National TV BI-411  ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation  ABC News  Accuracy and due impartiality - in a news report about reintroduction of a school reading program  No breach of standard 2.1 [accuracy] or  standard 2.2 [not mislead] or standard 4.1 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of practice 2011 (revised in 2016) 
8 August 2018  Commercial TV  BI-363  Seven / Channel Seven Sydney Pty Limited  Sunrise  Accuracy and serious contempt on the basis of race – in a segment about the adoption of Indigenous children and child abuse in Indigenous communities  Breach of clause 3.3.1 [accuracy] and clause 2.6.2 [intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule on the basis of race]; and no breach of clause 3.2.1 [material which may cause distress] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 (revised in 2018). 
25 July 2018 National TV BI-402 ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation Tonightly with Tom Ballard

Fair and honest dealing and harm and offence – in a comedy sketch involving a political candidate

No breach of Standards 5.1 [inform participants], 5.2 [refusal to participate], 7.1 [harm and offence must be justified] or 7.3 [appropriate classification] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2016)
18 July 2018 Commercial TV BI-405 Seven / Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd Seven News Misrepresentation of viewpoints and impartiality - in a news report on the findings of an Ombudsman's investigation. No breach of clause 3.3.1 [misrepresentation of viewpoints] and 3.4.1 [impartiality] of the Commercial Industry Code of Practice 2015
19 June 2018 Commercial TV BI-403 Seven / Channel Seven Perth Pty Ltd Today Tonight Accuracy and fairness - in a report about the destruction of newly planted vegetation in a public place No breach of clause 3.3.1 [accuracy and fairness] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 
6 July 2018 Commercial TV BI-406 Nine / Queensland Television Ltd.  Program promotion for Love Island Australia Classification and scheduling of a program promotion for an MA15+ classified reality television dating program No breach of clause 2.1.1 [classification] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015
8 June 2018 National TV BI-397
and
BI-398

ABC ME / Australian Broadcasting Corporation Mardi Gras and Me program promotion; Behind the News Harm and offence; manage and minimise risks to children and young people – in a program promotion and a news report about the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade alleged to be inappropriate for children to view. No breach of standards 7.1 [harm and offence] or 8.3 [manage risks to children] or 8.4 [minimise risks to children] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2016)
24 May 2018 National TV BI-396 ABC News / Australian Broadcasting Corporation  ABC Evening News Due impartiality - in a news report on the upcoming SA state election No breach of standard 4.1 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of practice 2011 (revised in 2016)
11 May 2018 National TV  BI-360 SBS / Special Broadcasting Service SBS World News Accuracy and impartiality in a news report about alleged discrimination against Melbourne's South Sudanese community No breach of code 2.2 [accuracy, impartiality and balance] of the SBS Codes of Practice 2014 (revised 2016)
1 May 2018 Commercial TV BI-361 WIN / WIN Television TAS Pty Ltd Advertisements for election candidates during WIN News Election advertising - broadcast of advertisements for election candidates during the ‘blackout period’ No breach of subclause 3A(2) [broadcast of election advertisement] or paragraph 7(1)(j) of Schedule 2 [comply with clause 3A] to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 
5 April 2018  National TV  BI-347  ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation  ABC News  Impartiality in a news report on former prime minister Tony Abbott’s address to the Global Warming Policy Foundation  Breach of standard 4.1 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2016) 
29 March 2018 Commercial TV  BI-356  Seven/Channel Seven Sydney Pty Limited Commercial for Lottoland during a live sporting event Commercials relating to betting or gambling during a live sporting event - must not mislead or deceive and are not permitted during play.  No breach of subclause VIII(b) [gambling commercials - must not mislead or deceive] or clause X [gambling commercials - not permitted during play] of Appendix 3 to the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 
6 March 2018 Commercial TV BI-358 Nine/Channel 9 South Australia Pty Limited 

Underbelly files: Chopper program promotion

Classification and scheduling of a program promotion for an MA15+ classified mini-series  No breach of clause 2.1.1 [classification] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015
1 March 2018 National TV  BI-351  ABC  Get Krack!n Harm and offence – offensive material in a sketch about reconciliation and in an in-program promotion in a comedy series  No breach of standards 7.1 [harm and offence] or 7.7 [condone or encourage prejudice] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2016) 
15 February 2018 National TV  BI-352  ABC Hard Quiz Harm and offence – in a comedy quiz program that contained an offensive remark that was inappropriate for the PG classification No breach of standards 7.1 [harm and offence] or 7.3 [classification] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2016)
15 February 2018 National TV BI-349 ABC Hard Quiz Harm and offence – in a comedy quiz program that contained an offensive remark that was inappropriate for the PG classification No breach of standards 7.1 [harm and offence] or 7.3 [classification] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2016)
9 February 2018  Commercial TV BI-346 WIN/WIN Television NSW Pty Ltd Ten Eyewitness News Impartiality - in a news report about bank profits and proposed job cuts No breach of clause 3.4.1 [impartiality] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015
31 January 2018 Commercial TV BI-348  TEN/Network TEN (Melbourne Pty Limited) Ten Eyewitness News Material which may cause distress – in a news report involving a motorbike accident No breach of clause 3.2.1(e) [have regard to the feelings of relatives and viewers] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015
5 January 2018 Commercial TV BI-340 Eleven / WIN Television QLD Pty Ltd  Malcolm in the Middle Classification – allegation that a PG classified program included content unsuitable for broadcast No breach of clause 2.1.1 [classification] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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