The ABC is covered by its own piece of legislation. Section 8 sets out the duties of the Board. They are:
8 Duties of the Board
(1) It is the duty of the Board:
(a) to ensure that the functions of the Corporation are performed efficiently and with the maximum benefit to the people of Australia;
(b) to maintain the independence and integrity of the Corporation;
(c) to ensure that the gathering and presentation by the Corporation of news and information is accurate and impartial according to the recognized standards of objective journalism; and
(d) to ensure that the Corporation does not contravene, or fail to comply with:
(i) any of the provisions of this Act or any other Act that are applicable to the Corporation; or
(ii) any directions given to, or requirements made in relation to, the Corporation under any of those provisions; and
(e) to develop codes of practice relating to:
(i) programming matters; and …
I am raising this matter here because of something I noticed in the Open Forum which I repeat here:
Local Radio, Canberra. On 10 June, 2014 666 ABC Canberra Breakfast presenter Philip Clark made comments in relation to Cardinal George Pell in an interview with Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council.
On 18th June, Philip Clark read the following apology on air:
“On 10 June 2014 I made comments during this program which were critical of Cardinal George Pell and his role in the handling of child sexual abuse claims by the Catholic Church and also his subsequent appointment to a role in the Vatican. My comments about these matters were inaccurate and defamatory and I wish to retract them. The ABC and I apologise to Cardinal Pell for the harm caused to him.”
I’m also tempted to locate the podcast so I can listen to Clark defame Pell: you can just imagine it – all Catholic priests are paedophiles, Pell is probably a paedophile himself, he was covering up for paedophiles before he was ordained, he has been kicked upstairs to the Vatican so he can hide his involvement in paedophilia in the Australian Catholic clergy, etc. etc.
Come on, Board members, it is time to act. You are charged with maintaining the integrity of the Corporation and ensuring news and information is accurate and impartial according to the recognized standards of objective journalism. Let’s face it, the ABC is out of control.
Will Clark (and others) be shown the door?