September 5th, 2008
The ABC have reviewed the transcript summary of a recent SA Country Hour article on the withdrawel of funding for the Copley Newsletter, now the Copley Phoenix, and the decision by the CDPA to delete the Community News site from the Copley community domain. The summary has been amended with apologies to the Editor of the Copley Newsletter for misrepresentation. For the record, no notification or correspondence has ever been offered from the Copley and Districts Progress Association to explain why this Community News site was deleted from the Copley community domain by request of the Copley and Districts Progress Association.
The amended summary is published here, see below for an excerpt of the letter from the ABC.
Dear Ms Starick
ABC Audience & Consumer Affairs has reviewed your complaint, and agrees that the online summary of the Country Hour story “Local newsletter offline” did not accurately represent the interview undertaken with you. The ABC acknowledges that the online summary should have included reference to possible reasons why the local newsletter was removed from the Copley Progress Association website, and the Association’s response.
The omission of this information misrepresented the full context of the story, and consequently was in breach of ABC editorial standards relating to Topical and Factual content which state: “Every reasonable effort must be made to ensure that factual content is accurate and in context and that content does not misrepresent other viewpoints.”
Further, it is clear that both the broadcast itself and the online summary inaccurately stated that you claimed you had not received correspondence from the Copley Progress Association. This is a further breach of the ABC’s editorial standards for accuracy.
The ABC apologises for these errors and I would like to assure you that this matter has been brought to the attention of ABC Radio management. The online summary has since been republished to represent the necessary context of the broadcast story, and to include an Editor’s Note explaining that you acknowledged that you had received correspondence from the Copley Progress Association:
Audience & Consumer Affairs