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: