THE ABC has struck off one of its longest-serving political commentators on the Insiders program following a review of remarks made during the federal election about former prime minister Julia Gillard’s partner,
News Corp Australia commentator Piers Akerman was not informed of the review or given a right of reply.
He has appeared on the program just once since the Mathieson incident despite having contributed to Insiders for more than a decade.
It has emerged in an email sent to a member of the public by the ABC that the public broadcaster undertook a review of the broadcast on Sunday, June 16, 2013, which concluded that the comments made by Akerman were “inappropriate”.
(HT: Andrew Bolt)
Update: Leigh Lowe in comments
Akerman repeats something without substantiation …. gets the arse.
Indonesia correspondent George Roberts repeats something without substantiation …. gets defended to the hilt by Mark Scott.