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Fairness, balance and significant viewpoints - current obligations - Jennifer McNeill, General Manager, Content, Consumer and Citizen Division, ACMA

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  • 1. Fairness, balance and significant viewpoints – current obligations 18 June 2013 Jennifer McNeill, General Manager, Content, Consumer and Citizen Division, ACMA
  • 2. Obligations for the ABC ABC Code of Practice 2011 >Developed by the ABC >Notified to the ACMA under section 8 of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 4. Impartiality and diversity of perspectives 4.1 Gather and present news and information with due impartiality. 4.2 Present a diversity of perspectives so that, over time, no significant strand of thought or belief within the community is knowingly excluded or disproportionately represented. 4.3. Do not state or imply that any perspective is the editorial opinion of the ABC. The ABC takes no editorial stance other than its commitment to fundamental democratic principles including the rule of law, freedom of speech and religion, parliamentary democracy and equality of opportunity. 4.4. Do not misrepresent any perspective. 4.5. Do not unduly favour one perspective over another.
  • 3. Obligations for the SBS SBS Codes of Practice 2006 >Developed by the SBS >Notified to the ACMA under section 10 of the Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 2.2 ACCURACY, IMPARTIALITY AND BALANCE ... all reasonable effort must be made to ensure that the factual content of news and current affairs programs is accurate ... [...] While the emphasis in news is the reporting of factual information, news programs, as well as current affairs programs, may include comment and analysis. Reasonable effort should be made to ensure news and current affairs programs are balanced and impartial, having regard to the circumstances at the time of reporting and broadcasting, the nature and immediacy of the material being reported, and public interest considerations. The commitment to balance and impartiality requires SBS to present – over time and across the schedule of programs broadcast on the relevant service (Television, Radio or Online) – a wide range of significant views, not misrepresenting them or unduly favouring one over another. It does not require SBS to present all viewpoints on an issue or to allocate equal time to different points of view. Neither does it preclude a critical examination of controversial issues or the expression of critical and provocative points of view. The decision as to whether it is appropriate for a range of views or particular views to be included within a single program or story is a matter for editorial discretion. In relation to news programs, for major issues that are matters of controversy, balance should be provided over the period in which the controversy is active. Balance will be provided through the presentation, as far as possible, of principal relevant viewpoints.
  • 4. Obligations for the commercial broadcasters Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 >Developed by FreeTV Australia (FreeTV) >Registered by the ACMA under section123(4) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 4.3 In broadcasting news and current affairs programs, licensees: 4.3.1 must broadcast factual material accurately and represent viewpoints fairly, having regard to the circumstances at the time of preparing and broadcasting the program. 4.4 In broadcasting news programs (including news flashes) licensees: 4.4.1 must present news fairly and impartially; 4.4.2 must clearly distinguish the reporting of factual material from commentary and analysis. Commercial Radio Codes of Practice and Guidelines 2013 >Developed by Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) >Registered by the ACMA under section123(4) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 2.1 News programs including news flashes broadcast by a licensee must: (a) Present news accurately: […] (c) distinguish news from comment; [...] 2.3 In the preparation and presentation of current affairs programs a licensee must ensure that: (a) the reporting of factual material is clearly distinguishable from commentary and analysis; (b) reasonable efforts are made or reasonable opportunities are given to present significant viewpoints when dealing with controversial issues of public importance, either within the same program or similar programs, while the issue has immediate relevant to the community. (c) viewpoints expressed to the licensee for broadcast are not misrepresented and material is not presented in a misleading manner giving wrong or improper emphasis or by editing out of context; ...
  • 5. Obligations for community radio broadcasters Community Radio Broadcasting Codes of Practice 2008 >Developed by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) >Registered by the ACMA under section 123(4) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 3.6 News, current affairs (including news updates and promotions), documentaries, feature programs and interviews shall: (a) provide access to views not adequately represented by other broadcasting sectors, (b) present factual material accurately and ensure that reasonable efforts are made to correct substantial errors of fact as quickly as possible, (c) clearly distinguish factual material from commentary and analysis, (d) present news in such a way that it does not create public panic or unnecessary distress to listeners, and, (e) represent viewpoints fairly without having a misleading emphasis, editing out of context or withholding relevant and available material.
  • 6. Obligations for subscription broadcasting television ASTRA Subscription Broadcast Television Code of Practice 2007 >Developed by the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) >Registered by the ACMA under section 123(4) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 2.2 News and Current Affairs Programs (a) News and current affairs programs, including news updates, broadcast by Licensees must: (i) Present news accurately, fairly and impartially; (ii) Clearly distinguish the reporting of factual material from commentary, analysis or simulations;
  • 7. Obligations for subscription broadcasting television ASTRA Subscription Broadcast Television Code of Practice 2007 >Developed by the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) >Registered by the ACMA under section 123(4) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 2.2 News and Current Affairs Programs (a) News and current affairs programs, including news updates, broadcast by Licensees must: (i) Present news accurately, fairly and impartially; (ii) Clearly distinguish the reporting of factual material from commentary, analysis or simulations;

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