2GB Breached By ACMA

Staff Writer

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has found that 2GB has breached the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice 2013.

The investigation concerning accuracy goes back to September 2013 when Alan Jones talked about the rate of global warming in a report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The investigation found that the licensee (2GB): “Did not use reasonable efforts to ensure that factual statements made by Mr Jones were reasonably supportable as being accurate.”

ACMA also found: “That a purported correction later in the program by Mr Jones was not adequate and appropriate in all the circumstances and so did not cure the breach.”

While ACMA’s report was finalised last year, 2GB (Harbour Radio) took them to the Federal Court, challenging ACMA’s power to investigate and its actual findings.

In April the Federal Court ruling included confirmation that the ACMA: “Has an independent discretion to commence ‘own motion’ investigations under section 170 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, and affirmed the ACMA’s approach to factual accuracy and corrections under the Codes.”

ACMA has also flagged that all licensee’s will be guided by the Federal Courts endorsement of the ACMA’s views on what is an ‘adequate and appropriate’ correction ‘in all the circumstances’.

More details here.

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