By Dr. John Happs
“Several years ago, I stopped listening and watching the news and current affairs on the ABC. I was sick of being consistently fed what I believe was biased and unbalanced reporting.” Robert Onfrey (www.robertonfray.com)
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was established in 1932 and is required to be politically independent since its charter is enshrined in legislation under the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act, 1983. The ABC provides radio, television (since 1956) and online services throughout metropolitan and regional Australia.
Unlike other Australian broadcasters, the ABC is privileged in that it receives more than $1 billion in annual funding, courtesy of the Australian taxpayer.
Those taxpayers rightly expect the public broadcaster be fair, balanced and impartial in all its programs yet, when it comes to broadcasting evidence-based information about climate change and energy, it is clear that the ABC is anything but fair, balanced and impartial.
James Paterson has noted:
“On both radio and television, and across regional, metropolitan and national programs, the ABC consistently and overwhelmingly favoured renewable energy and treated the coalmining and coal-seam gas industries with extreme disfavour. This suggests the problem of bias at the ABC is endemic across the organisation.”
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