Kerry O’Brien and Tony Jones are to be scrutinised by overseas journalists as part of an ABC policy of editorial self-regulation, according to Media Watch.
Interviews by the two hosts have been selected to be assessed a BBC and Canadian broadcaster.
The ABC’s self-regulation policy was the brainchild of the broadcaster’s director of editorial policies, Paul Chadwick.
Chadwick set up a system called Quality Assurance Projects under which he chose small chunks of ABC output that were subjected to analysis by outside experts.
However, Media Watch’s presenter, Jonathan Holmes, said the latest attempt at self-regulation had “raised eyebrows – to put it mildly – inside Aunty”.
“At least I’m in the same business as these guys,” Peter Mansbridge told Media Watch.
“I understand the problems they face … it doesn’t sound that complicated or controversial.”
Host Jonathan Holmes said Britain’s David Dimbelby had now pulled out of the contentious project.
The ABC’s managing director Mark Scott said the ABC “routinely conducts program reviews and quality audits”.