After protesting that it had no access to The People’s Forum on Wednesday, the ABC has passed on showing any footage of the event.
SKY News provided a clean feed to other media from 7pm, one hour after it aired on Pay TV, but ABC News 24 hasn’t used it.
“I was gobsmacked, given their earlier proclamations it was an event of national importance,” SKY’s Angelo Frangopoulos told The Australian. He said Gaven Morris, ABC’s Head of Continuous News, had told him before the forum even started that the ABC had decided not to televise the event.
“I’m incredulous the ABC should talk about the public interest during an election campaign and then decline to show the people’s forum, a pivotal moment in the campaign,” he said.
But not all of the event was universally received.
Yesterday some media were questioning if there had been “stacking” of swinging voters, as well as Twitter comments about technical standards of the event.
YesterdayGaven Morris tweeted: “is very happy #abcnews24 left the #rooty well alone.”
Managing Director Mark Scott tweeted: “For those who watch the numbers # Gruen 1.57m, Spicks 1.46m, #YWC 1.34m, #Lateline 617k. #Rooty 95k.”
Source: The Australian