Nine chastised for inflated race figures. The Australian Communications and Media Authority has slapped Channel Nine with a breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice over its uncritical reporting of Grand Prix attendance figures.
On the final day of last year's race, Nine's 6pm news bulletin stated the attendance as "108,500", which as Crikey readers are fully familiar, is a dubious estimate provided by the Grand Prix Corporation who never release their methodology (kind of like the "police estimate" at union rallies). It drew the ire of veteran activists at Save Albert Park, who accused the network of ignoring its blizzard of media releases telling them to avoid the official line. In its ruling ACMA harangued Nine for "failing to present factual material accurately by reporting the attendance figures as fact". However, the regulator found no breach over the non-correction of the error because the story focused mostly on the thrills and spills of the race itself.