ACMA slaps down Seven News. A Seven News report of a motorcyclist’s death in Perth this past January has been found to have breached the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice in a ruling from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The report received criticism because it included footage of three items at the scene — a backpack, a plastic bag and a motorcycle top box — that inadvertently identified the victim to immediate family members. ACMA found the program, by showing these items, did not take “reasonable steps” to avoid identifying the deceased and allow relatives of victims to learn the news through official channels rather than their broadcast.
In response to the ruling, a Seven News spokesperson had this to say:
“Seven News did its best to avoid showing material that might identify the victim of this tragic accident … We did not name or show the victim, show the motorcycle or number plate or any other personal material. ACMA has taken the view that these items were sufficient to identify the victim of this accident. We accept the finding but it is necessarily a subjective assessment and on the day we formed a different view. We deeply sympathise with the family in this case and believe that we tried to report this story responsibly and sensitively.”
Seven News also added it would use the situation in future training of its staff. — Tom Heath
Ferguson to host 2014 Walkleys. The ABC announced today that Sarah Ferguson will host the 2014 Walkley Awards on December 4. Ferguson, a long-time Four Corners reporter who rose to greater prominence after hosting 7.30 while Leigh Sales was on maternity leave, has become famous for her hard-hitting questions, and it seems the journalists at the Walkleys can expect more on that front. “Is this the worst audience in Australia? Will the longest night go more quickly on stage? Will there even be food back there? So many questions,” she said in the release. So many questions indeed … — Myriam Robin
Reality sells, at least this time. Australia’s magazine editors are gathering for Magazine Publishers’ Australia’s annual awards today, and Australian Women’s Weekly editor Helen McCabe can hold her head high after Roy Morgan research found almost one in 10 Australians read her July issue, which featured burns survivor Turia Pitt on the cover. It had a readership of 2.2 million, according to Roy Morgan, making it by far the best-read issue from the magazine this year.
There was a lot of speculation about whether the issue would sell, given such magazines arguably exist to sell a glamourised, polished image to their readers. Previously, McCabe revealed she had an 8% circulation bump for the issue. — Myriam Robin
Bunking down at the G20. Looking to pay a personal visit to one of the dignitaries visiting Brisbane for the G20? The Courier-Mail has helpfully printed a guide to where they’ll all be staying. Looks like maybe local law enforcement might need to do more than tape up manholes to keep the delegates safe.
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Front page of the day. The Monthly takes on Plibersek.