Over the decades, accusations of “bias” at the ABC have arisen at different times, and various inquiries undertaken, reviews of the ABC are regularly commissioned and not released.
Release the inquiries and let truth guide the way.
Under the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983, the ABC Board is bound to “maintain the independence and integrity of the Corporation” and 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.”
As a publicly funded broadcaster, the ABC is expected not to take editorial stances on political issues, and is required to present a range of views with impartiality.
At the 2016 federal election, a study commissioned by the ABC and conducted by iSentia compiled share-of-voice data and found that the ABC devoted 42.6% of election coverage to the Coalition government (this compares to the 42.04% vote received by the Coalition in the House of Representatives (HOR)), 35.9% to the Labor opposition (34.73% HOR), 8% to the Greens (10.23% HOR), 3.1% to independents (1.85% HOR), 2.2% to Nick Xenophon’s Team (1.85% HOR) and 8.1% to the rest.
A 2013 University of the Sunshine Coast study of the voting intentions of journalists found that 73.6 per cent of ABC journalists supported Labor or The Greens – with 41% supporting the Greens (whereas only around 10% of people in the general population voted Green).
Their antagonistic approach to journalism (bullies) should not be funded by tax paying workers.