Balance requirement of the ABC charter

Valerie Spencer made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The request was partially successful.

From: Valerie Spencer

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Dear Australian Broadcasting Corporation,
As it is a requirement that the publicly funded ABC provides balanced reporting, when will we see an equal number of presenters from the politically Right of Centre, hosting shows such as QandA, Lateline, and the Breakfast Show?
Would it be possible to provide me with a copy of the charter which deals with "balance" in your reporting?

Yours faithfully,

Valerie Spencer

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From: Valerie Spencer

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Dear Australian Broadcasting Corporation,
I am still waiting for a response to my request for more balanced views on ABC, with an equal number of "right of centre" presenters.

Yours faithfully,

Valerie Spencer

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From: Juliana Walsh
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Ms Spencer

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Please accept my apologies that you haven’t had a response to your FOI
request as yet. I was under the impression that I didn’t have an email
address from you to respond to, but I can see that you have a
righttoknow.org.au address listed below your sign off.

 

As your initial FOI request regarding balanced views and a copy of the
Charter was a request for information, rather than for documents, I have
now forwarded that correspondence on to ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs,
who are the appropriate department to respond to your enquiry.

 

They will be in touch soon.

 

Kind regards

 

[1]ABC Juliana Walsh
Corporate Compliance Coordinator
P +61 2 8333 5304 E [email address]
[2]http://www.abc.net.au/corp/enter/img/bra...

 

 

From: Valerie Spencer

Sent: Wednesday, 5 October 2016 8:35:11 AM (UTC+10:00) Canberra,
Melbourne, Sydney

To: FOI ABC

Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Balance
requirement of the ABC charter

 

Dear Australian Broadcasting Corporation, I am still waiting for a
response to my request for more balanced views on ABC, with an equal
number of "right of centre"  presenters.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Valerie Spencer

 

 

 

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From: Matthew Galvin
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mrs Spencer

 

Thank you of your email. I once again apologise for the delay in
responding to you

 

The ABC takes audience complaints seriously and please be assured that
your concerns have been noted by the ABC and conveyed to ABC News.

 

While noting your concerns about balance in programs such as Q and A,
Lateline and ABC News Breakfast, Audience and Consumer Affairs is only
able to consider complaints made regarding specific broadcasts. If you
believe that there may have been a breach of ABC standards, and you would
like our unit to consider these concerns, then we do require specific
examples to be able to do so, along with: the program name,
date/approximate time and channel of the broadcast, noting the particular
standards and outlining how you believe they may have been breached; and
we will be happy to consider the issues you raise.

 

Judgments about whether impartiality was achieved in any given
circumstance can vary among individuals and the hallmarks which guide the
ABC's assessment of impartiality are provided in section 4 the ABC Code of
Practice provided here:
[1]http://about.abc.net.au/reports-publicat...

 

You can also access the ABC’s editorial Policies at
[2]https://edpols.abc.net.au/.

 

In any event, thank you again for taking the time to write.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Matthew Galvin

ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs

 

 

 

 

From: Juliana Walsh
Sent: Friday, 7 October 2016 4:13 PM
To: [FOI #2205 email]
Cc: Matthew Galvin <[email address]>
Subject: ABC FOI request

 

Dear Ms Spencer

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Please accept my apologies that you haven’t had a response to your FOI
request as yet. I was under the impression that I didn’t have an email
address from you to respond to, but I can see that you have a
righttoknow.org.au address listed below your sign off.

 

As your initial FOI request regarding balanced views and a copy of the
Charter was a request for information, rather than for documents, I have
now forwarded that correspondence on to ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs,
who are the appropriate department to respond to your enquiry.

 

They will be in touch soon.

 

Kind regards

 

[3]ABC Juliana Walsh
Corporate Compliance Coordinator
P +61 2 8333 5304 E [4][email address]
[5]http://www.abc.net.au/corp/enter/img/bra...

 

 

From: Valerie Spencer

Sent: Wednesday, 5 October 2016 8:35:11 AM (UTC+10:00) Canberra,
Melbourne, Sydney

To: FOI ABC

Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Balance
requirement of the ABC charter

 

Dear Australian Broadcasting Corporation, I am still waiting for a
response to my request for more balanced views on ABC, with an equal
number of "right of centre"  presenters.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Valerie Spencer

 

 

 

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From: Valerie Spencer

Sent: Friday, 2 September 2016 8:12:26 AM (UTC+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne,
Sydney

To: FOI ABC

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Balance requirement of the ABC
charter

 

Dear Australian Broadcasting Corporation, As it is a requirement that the
publicly funded ABC provides balanced reporting, when will we see an equal
number of presenters from the politically Right of Centre, hosting shows
such as QandA, Lateline, and the Breakfast Show?

Would it be possible to provide me with a copy of the charter which deals
with "balance" in your reporting?

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Valerie Spencer

 

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From: Valerie Spencer

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Dear Matthew Galvin,
I would just like an equal number of presenters from the right of politics, as there are on the Left of politics.
I would be doing nothing else if I were to record the number of programs which I find biased to the left.
Just employ an equal number of presenters from the Right.

Yours sincerely,

Valerie Spencer

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