ABC admits ‘editorial error’ in cross promotion of Micallef’s Mad as Hell on ABC News

The ABC has conceded it made an “editorial error” in broadcasting a three minute satirical clip from Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell during its news broadcast.

The public broadcaster’s own show Media Watch last night reprimanded the ABC over the inclusion of a clip mocking the Coalition Medicare co-payment plan in ABC 24’s Morning News, ABC News Breakfast and ABC Midday news program.

“It is appropriate to cross-promote another ABC program if content from that program has been used in a news program but the Micallef clip was not appropriate,” an ABC spokeswoman said in response to questions about the program from Media Watch.

The Micallef clip played during the ABC News  

Media Watch host Paul Barry last night criticised the decision to air the asking: “Cross promoting your own shows in a news bulletin is surely bad enough. But mixing satire with straight news is Mad as Hell.”

He also argued that it opened ABC News up to accusations of political bias at a time “when the ABC is being accused of bias” by critics.

“I’m a great fan of Micallef. I also like ABC News. But putting satirical attacks on the Government in a news bulletin is really not funny,” concluded Barry.

Nic Christensen 


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