Crikey reader Bryan Hogan writes:

Not sure if you have picked up on this or not, but in its coverage of the Kerang train disaster have used an archive image for their main article. The image is clearly not of the accident; the train is one of the new sprinters, not the old burgundy one that was involved.

Very poor editing, and as someone who grew up in Kerang and knows a lot of people involved, somewhat offensive.



Meanwhile, Telstra’s news services director, Andrew Maiden, writes:

Today on ABC 774 Melbourne, presenter Jon Faine claimed — listen to it here — that Telstra “banked” news of rural job losses and released them yesterday so they would be overwhelmed by coverage of the Kerang train crash. This suggestion is outrageous, offensive to the victims of the crash, and totally unsupported by the facts. For the record, Telstra made this news public at least one hour before the tragedy occurred, briefing unions in Melbourne at lunchtime. Telstra has demanded an on-air apology from the presenter and will be lodging a formal complaint with the ABC Managing Director, Mark Scott, and the Press Council. Jon Faine may be a critic of Telstra but today’s statement dramatically oversteps the boundary of decency.

CRIKEY: Jon Faine later apologised for any offence caused by what he described as a “tongue in cheek” comment — listen to that here.

Peter Fray

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