The ABC has defended coverage of the Greens during the Federal Election campaign, following claims by leader Bob Brown that the broadcaster all but ignored the party in favour of the two big parties.
”We got 14 per cent of the vote, but zero per cent of the coverage every night out of Canberra,” he said.
”I’m very happy to debate with the ABC the absence of the Greens in the federal election campaign news packages for the last month. No 7.30 Report. Nothing on its flagship Insiders program. One on its morning program. It was all Gillard and Abbott.”
But an ABC spokeswoman said yesterday external monitoring suggested that across all outlets, the Greens received just under 10 per cent “share of voice” compared with the other parties.
”For example, there are relatively few major stand-alone interview slots on programs like Insiders and The 7.30 Report, but many more opportunities for regular comment on radio programs and in daily news.
”Overall, the ABC is satisfied that the share received by the Greens was appropriate.”
If only they had shuffled the Greens that rather fab ad produced for Gruen Nation they might not have been so peeved…?