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:
A Current Affair
- 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.
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 ...