SBS decides to fast-track final two episodes of Struggle Street to capitalise on public interest

SBS will fast-track the rest of controversial documentary series Struggle Street by showing a two-hour double episode block next Wednesday from 8:30pm, due to the significant public interest around the show.

It said the decision was also out of consideration for the participants of the show, after Mayor of Blacktown Stephen Bali accused SBS of setting them up in a bad light in the first episode before showing the more positive aspects of their lives in the second and third episodes.

The broadcaster has also categorically rejected allegations participants were filmed without their knowledge, scenes were engineered and participants were induced to take part in the series and production staff helped participants procure drugs.

SBS responded that the allegations of “falsified scences” were “serious, defamatory and damaging” and were absolutely without basis.

According to SBS, light refreshments and mobile phone credit were among the courtesies provided to participants and no inducements were made to participants. Copies of signed release forms that were previously not provided to some participants will now be provided.

SBS also responded to allegations of criminality by employees of the production company Keo Films Australia, including driving participants to get drugs.

“The allegations that members of the production team aided or abetted or were in any way involved in the commission of alleged criminal offences are seriously defamatory and we are advised are absolutely denied by the production team involved,” it said in a statement.

The first episode of Struggle Street, which was edited following objections from participants, went to air on Wednesday night to a warm response online.

Struggle St reaction twitterJack Fisher


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