Sep 13, 2013

Media briefs: ACA breach … ciao (Mira)bella … CloMo deffo …

If you're ever going to tune in to A Current Affair tonight's the night: the show will issue an unprecedented on-air correction. That and other media tidbits.

ACMA slaps Nine over "Asian Mall" story. Channel Nine's A Current Affair has agreed to issue a rare on-air correction after the communications watchdog found a notorious story on an "Asian Mall" in Sydney breached the television code of practice. The Australian Communications and Media Authority found the story -- which claimed a shopping centre in Castle Hill was being overtaken by Asian retailers -- contained inaccuracies, placed a gratuitous emphasis on ethnic origin and was likely to promote intense dislike and serious contempt on the grounds of ethnic origin. The November story by reporter Ben McCormack was quickly debunked by local paper The Hills Shire Times, as Crikey reported last year. According to the ACMA, this is the first time a commercial TV broadcaster has made an on-air statement as a result of an ACMA investigation. The ACMA found the story, which featured a cameo from Pauline Hanson, was likely to have provoked intense dislike or serious contempt by broadcasting:
  • Negative misinformation about Australians of Asian ethnic origins;
  • Inflammatory language and visuals generating feelings of threat from people of Asian ethnic origins; and
  • Language implying that Australians of Asian ethnic origins did not belong in Australia.
A Current Affair will make a statement about the findings on tonight's episode. ACMA chairman Chris Chapman said: "I commend TCN [Channel 9] for acting on the ACMA’s recommendations. The broadcaster is to be congratulated for taking a mature approach to matters of such concern, and for being transparent with its viewers." The ACMA has long pushed for the government to grant it new "mid-tier" powers including the ability to force broadcasters to issue on-air corrections. -- Matthew Knott Euro confusion on Sophie's farewell? A terrific headline in The Sydney Morning Herald (and on Fairfax websites) to mark the likely farewell to politics of Sophie Mirabella ...

Just one problem: Mirabella may be bella, but she's not Italian -- as the story even notes: "Mirabella was born Sophie Panopoulos in 1968, the daughter of Greek migrants ..." We'll give the headline writer the benefit of the doubt and suggest the sub was just punning on her name ...

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2 thoughts on “Media briefs: ACA breach … ciao (Mira)bella … CloMo deffo …

  1. Edward James

    It may be that he owner/publisher of a Sydney newspaper if he pays rates to Sydney City Council has some limited protection because of the Ringland v Ballina Shire Council ruling in the Supreme Court of Appeal. I have been calling my local council corrupt in print for years Edward james

  2. Kevin_T

    Is City News publisher Lawrence Gibbons saying that the “corrupt and unprofessional” allegation is a statement of fact, or that it doesn’t matter because it was published in a small newspaper?

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