Former Media Watch anchor Jonathan Holmes has criticized the ACMA for damaging the reputation of ABC’s Four Corners over Fox News program

“ABC alumni believe that the ACMA could have taken more care in this investigation to strike that balance, to avoid appearing partial to a powerful complainant or (perhaps) journalistic ignorance.”

For example, claims that ABC violated policy when it approached Pirro are “ridiculous”.

“The ‘doorsteps’ of people who have previously refused to be interviewed on a show — that is, approaching them on the street or on their doorstep to ask them questions with the expectation that they will refuse answering – is one of the oldest tools of television journalism,” he said.

Holmes’ letter, written on behalf of more than 200 former employees, will further fuel tensions between the media regulator and ABC, which have been escalating since the release of the year-long review of the two episodes in December.

ABC 7:30 Moderator Sarah Ferguson, who was behind the investigation, said ACMA made “nonsensical” criticism of its reporting in an interview with this legal notice in December. However, the verdict was accepted by complainant Fox News, who argued that the program and its attack on Fox News were “unjustifiable” and a “gross distortion of the truth.”

The way ABC handles concerns about its reporting has changed since Fox News first raised its concerns, which were initially dismissed by the national broadcaster’s internal team. An independent review of the complaints system led to the establishment of an independent ombudsman and also found examples of “a rejected ABC attitude towards complainants, external reviews and decisions by the industry regulator”.

The ABC alumni is separated from the national broadcaster and had no oversight of the letter sent to O’Loughlin.

The ACMA has been asked for comment.

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https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/journalistic-cluelessness-ex-media-watch-host-roasts-regulator-20230103-p5ca37.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_business Former Media Watch anchor Jonathan Holmes has criticized the ACMA for damaging the reputation of ABC’s Four Corners over Fox News program

Brian Lowry

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