ABC managing director Mark Scott says Election debates and forums should never again be organised by media companies or political parties.
He criticised the Rooty Hill forum *pictured), broadcast on SKY News and only offered on a 1hr delay to ABC.
”The ratings showed fewer than 100,000 people watching compared to more than three million who saw the leaders’ debate,” he said.
“Of course, this is because it was behind a pay wall and designed for a pay-TV audience with hours to fill in a schedule. SKY argued at the time it was a television program, not a news event, and denied anyone else live access.”
The second forum at Brisbane’s Broncos Leagues Club gave a live feed, and was broadcast by the ABC.
“The events, the venues, the panels, the hosts should be set by a totally independent panel and commonly understood, a year before the date of the election,” Mr Scott said in a speech at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.
Source: The Australian