As part of our inquiry into the broadcasting codes, the June series of Citizen conversations began yesterday at the ACMA’s Sydney office. The first topics under the microscope were ‘Classification and the time-shifting audience’ and ‘Decency’.
The free half-day events were a lively mix of interesting presentations and discussions between industry, academics, journalists and the community. Some of our speakers included:
- Professor Terry Flew—Media and Communications, Queensland University of Technology
- Lesley O’Brien—Director, Classification Board
- Gretel Killeen—journalist and broadcaster
- David Mason—Principal Advisor, Australian Human Rights Commission
- Fiona Jolly—CEO, Advertising Standards Bureau.
The day was brought to life through a graphic illustrator, who visualised the ideas being discussed in a comic-like style, projecting his work live onscreen for participants in the room and via the web. These images will be available on our website soon.
An entertaining short video of vox pops about people’s views on classification was also shown, capturing insights from everyday Australians about their thoughts on classification and how the broadcasting codes impact on children’s programming.
The events were webcast live for those who couldn’t attend, with online participants joining the discussion and asking questions through social media.
Other events in this series of Citizen conversations were:
- 18 June 2013—‘Getting the facts right: accuracy’ and ‘Fairness, balance and significant viewpoints’.
- 25 June 2013—‘Advertising and the changing media world’ and ‘Privacy’.
We’re hosting this series of Citizen conversations to help inform the Contemporary community safeguards inquiry, launched to establish the core principles that should guide the broadcasting industry’s development of its own codes around content.