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sydney alternative media - non-profit community independent trustworthy
Saturday, 19 May 2007
Complaint re NSW Stateline airbrushing real news on logger vandalism of public heritage
Mood:  irritated
Topic: big media
----- Original Message -----
From: To: John Cameron Director News Current Affairs Cc: Clover Moore MP ;Sylvia Hale MP ; Lee Rhiannon MP ; Ian Cohen MP ; Harriet Swift ; Jill Redwood Env East Gippsland, John Kaye MP 
Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2007 9:42 AM
Subject: Fw: Grounds for complaint: ABC NSW Stateline failure to report the real news in state round up Re: [chipstop] Fw: community rally at Batemans Bay against logger vandalism of the tourism coast

----- Original Message -----
From: To: ChipStop networkCc: Sen Stot Despoja, Sen Siewart, Sen Nettle, Sen Murray, Sen Bob Brown, Sen Bartlett, Sen Allison. Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2007 9:35 AM
Subject: Grounds for complaint: ABC NSW Stateline failure to report the real news in state round up Re: [chipstop] Fw: community rally at Batemans Bay against logger vandalism of the tourism coast

ABC Stateline refuse to ever cover protest stories like Gulaga logging outrage below, and last Friday evening was no exception, even as it runs in regional press, even as the show should ethically and professionally in the 'state round up' section of the programme if not a decent story. Make no mistake, it's a deliberate snub of this matter of public concern.  It is real news. It is of general interest.

This is my professional assessment based on 2 years as a reader analyst with Media Monitors (the unofficial Big Brother information arm of Govt and Big Business), and 15 years in the ngo sector.

It even ran in the not very sympathetic Sydney Daily Telegraph here last Thursday and page 3 Batemans Bay Post etc.as reproduced on my micro news blog www.sydneyalternativemedia.com/blog 


This advisedly is grounds for a formal complaint to the ABC senior management, and it's been going on for about 2 years now here in NSW as regards community opposition to publicly owned forests being trashed as shown by poll after poll. For example here

April 2002...East Gippsland opinion poll on attitudes towards logging, of general significance for regional Australia

As always the ABC is not about truth per se in the sense used such as Peter Manning media expert at UTS school of journalism, it is about "balance" and that's not balance of facts but political mediation Media Report - 18 October 2001 - Balance in Political Reporting. Truth is entirely a relative substance in such a broadcasting culture of survival first, public duty a long way second. We all know what happend to the ABC Radio National Earth beat programme.
The irony is that NSW ABC Stateline cannot even enter the fray to report any side of the logger trashing of well over 100 State Forests in the last several years, as here

19/3/2003...NSW government 'Big Logging List' giving background to the Bob Carr/ALP government real forest performance in the lead up state election in March 2003.

even on the loggers side which would at least give the issue some attention and something for the public to address. How pathetic is that?

I can't take this forward any more because they know how I feel and it's a scatched record and they don't give a damn about whether its true, or fair, whether it complement's climate change or water catchment concerns. It's bias pure and simple and some kind of political fix. My view, it's all about power and job security at the abc and fear and loathing. That's the Lib/Lab country we live in.

What I would recommend is that diverse people from different parts of the SE of NSW and more broadly send 'a letter of concern' at the "omission" and "failure" of Stateline to cover the news on the south coast of NSW on "our" abc.

You can send it to the executive producer

travis.murray@abc.net.au as I have been doing all the usual updates of this unfolding tragedy.

The complaints pages is at this page:

  • Complaints
    How do I make a complaint?

    and direct link here: http://www.abc.net.au/contact/

  • and I suggest copy it to his superior for News/Current Affairs
    ABC Ultimo Centre
    700 Harris Street
    Ultimo 2007;
    GPO Box 9994;
    Sydney NSW 2001;
    Phone (02) 8333 3095;
    Fax (02) 8333 4551;
    Director: John Cameron

    and Managing Director
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation;
    ABC Ultimo Centre;
    700 Harris Street;
    Ultimo 2007;
    GPO Box 9994;
    Sydney NSW 2001;
    Phone (02) 8333 1500;
    TTY: 1800 627 854; (Deaf & hearing impaired)
    Fax (02) 8333 5344;
    Managing Director: Mark Scott;
    Chief Operating Officer: David Pendleton;

    Yours truly, Tom McLoughlin, principal ecology action sydney, editor www.sydneyalternativemedia.com/blog
    solicitor in nsw
    ----- Original Message -----
    To: Chipstop network Cc: Murray Travis NSW Stateline Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2007 7:58 AM
    Subject: [chipstop] Fw: community rally at Batemans Bay against logger vandalism of the tourism coast

    sent broadly to nsw and federal mps and some other networks
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 7:44 PM
    Subject: community rally at Batemans Bay against logger vandalism of the tourism coast

    Full gallery here: index.blog?topic_id=1083693
    Wednesday, 16 May 2007
    Community protest today in Batemans Bay re logger vandalism of the tourism coast
    Mood:  sad
    Topic: ecology
    Postscript# 1
    To quote the 'receipt of complaint' screen at the ABC website, the peers of ABC Stateline can consider this shameful situation for themselves:

    Thank you!

    Thank you for your email to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. General emails offering personal opinions, comments and suggestions will be noted and forwarded to the relevant area.

    Emails that request specific information or require a detailed response may be directed to a specialist ABC area for their advice.

    As the ABC receives a large volume of emails every day, we ask you to note that it may take up to four weeks for a detailed response to be forwarded to you.

    Unfortunately, the ABC is unable to answer questions about
    ABC TV program guide more than four weeks in advance. Visit the ABC TV program guide for the latest information.

    Posted by editor at 11:51 AM NZT
    Updated: Saturday, 19 May 2007 12:50 PM NZT

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