ACMA: Today Tonight ‘facts’ were inaccurate
ACMA decides a TT story entitled 'What a Disgrace' in 2006 lived up to its own name.
A story on a residential care facility on Today Tonight in 2006 has been found to have breached the Code of Practice for failing to present factual material accurately.
Promos for the show were also found to have been in breach and ATN7 neglected to correct the errors at its earliest opportunity.
The segment, aptly titled ‘What a Disgrace’, reported on an aged care facility run by Residential Gardens for Spanish Speaking Frail Aged Limited.
ACMA ruled that Today Tonight ran inaccurate statements made about the quality of catering, the operating profit of the aged care facility and the amount of money spent on food for residents.
The statement made about the profit was found to be a significant error of fact, which Seven failed to make reasonable efforts to correct at the earliest opportunity.
In 2006 Today Tonight was still being presented by Naomi Robson, who departed the show in December before Anna Coren took over.
But ACMA does not yet intend to take any action in relation to the matter, claiming it is currently in discussions with industry generally around current affairs programs and compliance with the Code.