Producers of Seven special What Really Happens on the Gold Coast have defended the show in the wake of criticism from Gold Coast Tourism.
The special, which aired this week on Seven included footage of topless waitresses, meter maids and non-stop nightlife.
Gold Coast Tourism chief executive Martin Winter described it as an inaccurate stereotype of the city.
“It’s just another trashy program; really, it just shows the quality of some of the journalism that’s out there,” he told ABC.
“This program is just facile, it’s inaccurate, and it’s just tabloid journalism of the worst kind.
“The damage that’s being done to our reputation is significant,” he said.
John McAvoy, from McAvoy Media, who has previously produced What Really Happens in Bali and What Really Happens in Thailand said the show was meant to be a bit of light-hearted fun.
“There’s nothing pejorative about that show, about the Gold Coast, I don’t believe,” he said.
“It’s not journalism; this isn’t Four Corners, it’s entertainment.”
But Martin Winter said he was tired of the media presenting stereotypes.
“I just reckon it’s time that we all stood up and said ‘stop it, enough’s enough’.”