So
Senator Helen got her answer from ACMA, the TV regulator: the ‘turkey slapping’
incident streamed on the internet last Saturday morning from the Big Brother
House on the Gold Coast didn’t breach any broadcasting
standards.

Here’s
a report on the ACMA finds.

So
where’s the actual report from ACMA? Why won’t the minister release it? What’s
in it that has caused her to suppress it? It’s probably embarrassing to her and
we can’t have that.

And she
released late on Wednesday afternoon, around 4 pm, just in time for the late
afternoon radio news and the evening TV News. Talk about media manipulation to
divert attention from her
suppression of the full report.

Well,
could it be that the actual findings will show the reference up as a piece of
political grandstanding; that the incident actually didn’t break any code, and
that it would have passed muster.

The
grand total of 130 people were watching the website
when the incident went to air last Saturday morning.

If the
vision was OK to broadcast in the G classification time zone of 6.30 pm on the
Nine Network’s A Current Affair and Seven’s Today
Tonight, why did the minister think that it would have breached broadcasting
standards at all.

If it
was good enough for 6.30 pm it would have passed muster on the old AO version of
Big Brother that Ten canned after some concocted
political pressure erupted.

More
people saw it on ACA and TT (combined audience probably well over 2.9 million
people at 6.30 pm to 7.-m on Monday night) than ever saw it on the net. The
rules for news and current affairs programs broadcasting such material allow for
it to happen, with appropriate warnings.

Is the
Minister suggesting that Nine and Seven could broadcast it a children’s timezone with some warnbings, but
Ten couldn’t broadcast it later in the evening with appropriate warning, so long
as Ten gave warnings? She seems to be suggesting just that!

Ten
just wouldn’t have broadcast it because of its crassness.

Peter Fray

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