ABC climate change documentary hosted by Craig Reucassel under investigation by TV watchdog over ‘imbalance’ allegations
The ABC has been cleared of ‘imbalance’ charges in the documentary series Fight for Planet A: Our Climate Challenge, presented by comedian Craig Reucassel.
Media watchdog ACMA had received a complaint alleging that “the program was produced in a way that unfairly and inaccurately portrayed Australian livestock farmers and the beef industry,” an official said. report.
But the national broadcaster “did not infringe” the standards, ACMA ruled in its decision this month.
No infringement: ABC cleared of ‘imbalance’ charges in documentary series Fight for Planet A: Our Climate Challenge, hosted by Craig Reucassel (pictured)
In the series, Reucassel, from the satirical comedy team The Chaser, explored how CO2 emissions can be reduced, both individually and collectively.
Complaints, however, claimed that the three-part documentary series was not impartial and did not include other perspectives.
ACMA opposed that claim, stating that viewers would have understood “from the way the program was framed and presented over the three episodes that it was not an in-depth investigative report on the relative causes of carbon emissions, land clearance or the beef industry.”
According to the ABC code, impartiality does not require each perspective to be given the same amount of time.
Everything above the plate: Despite complaint about ‘imbalance’, the national broadcaster has ‘broken no standard’, ACMA ruled in its decision this month
No bull: ACMA said the show was “not an in-depth investigative report on the relative causes of carbon emissions, land clearing or the beef industry,” invalidating the complaints
The complaint also alleged that the program misled viewers by presenting outdated statistics on land clearing.
That claim was also dismissed, with the watchdog stating that it “does not believe that the premise of the program was a research report on land clearing or changes in vegetation.”
Rather, the editorial context of the program was an exploration of how ordinary Australians could experiment with dietary changes to reduce their carbon footprint, it continued.
Fight for Planet A: Our Climate Challenge aired last August.
Justice Served: Under the ABC Code, impartiality does not require each perspective to be given equal time