Radio 2GB Mornings presenter Ray Hadley said that he has no choice but to accept a censure by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, and has instead taken aim at the complainant former treasurer Wayne Swan.
The radio station fell foul of the media watchdog over Hadley’s airing of an inaccurate story from the Daily Telegraph from last year which claimed that school children visiting Parliament would no longer be given snacks because of budget cuts.
According to a finding published yesterday by media watchdog the Australian Communications and Media Authority, the Sydney talk station breached the codes of practice for commercial radio with its failure to correct the story, as well as the original broadcast.
In his morning show, this morning Hadley told his audience: “At the end of the day you can argue… but it won’t change anything. You see I just have to simply accept their findings, I don’t think they’re correct, but there’s no point in arguing with the refs, they’re the ones with the whistle.”
“Through life you can’t win in an argument with the arbiter, with the referee and I can’t win in a battle with the Australian Communications and Media Authority despite the fact that I think I’m right,” he said.
Hadley did not say whether the station would issue an on-air correction. However, in accepting the findings, Hadley explained ACMA had found against him in relation to a broadcast after a complaint from the former deputy prime minister Wayne Swan.
“Yesterday the organisation that regulates electronic media – radio and TV in Australia – the Australian Communication and Media Association found against me in relation to a broadcast after a complaint from the then deputy prime minister Wayne Swan. Let me say, I would have been astounded if ACMA had found otherwise,” he said.
The controversial shock jock also explained ACMA found Macquarie Radio breached two of three complaints via his Morning show, but asserted that Macquarie Radio do not believe any breaches were made.
Leaving ACMA out of the matter, Hadley proceeded to take aim at the complainant Wayne Swan: “The deputy PM whinged and I’m found guilty. Let’s leave ACMA out of it and document uncorrected matters at the feat of the former treasurer, the complainant in this particular case, let’s go to his uncorrected matters.”