EXCLUSIVE: SBS has breached its Code of Practice after it screened footage of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd swearing, during a daytime replay.
In April The Feed reported on the Natasha Exelby’s ABC News gaffe and the surrounding furore, with footage of other TV bloopers. But an afternoon replay neglected to censor language in vision of a leak with former PM Kevin Rudd, and his accompanying F-bombs.
A complaint investigated by the SBS Ombudsman found that the failure to bleep the language was a breach of Code 2.3 (Violence and Distressing Events in News and Current Affairs) of the SBS Code.
SBS has apologised to the complainant ‘Daniel’ and blamed it on a production oversight.
“As a result of this breach the Director of News and Current Affairs, Jim Carroll, has reminded the relevant staff of the need for continued and improved diligence when checking content to ensure that it has been appropriately modified for The Feed’s repeat broadcast,” SBS Ombudsman Sally Begbie noted.
“Such an oversight is rare and SBS wishes to assure you that it takes this matter seriously and is committed to ensuring that the afternoon broadcast of The Feed does not contain coarse language.”
The complainant, satisfied the matter is being remedied by SBS will not be proceeding with a formal complaint to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
ACMA told TV Tonight that self-regulation by broadcasters was allowable and welcomed the finding.
“The self and co-regulatory legislative framework generally requires industry participants to assume responsibility for regulatory detail within their own sectors. This is underpinned by clear legislative obligations, with the regulator maintaining reserve powers. These arrangements provide flexibility for the ACMA to exercise a variety of roles and rely on a variety of ‘levers’, depending on the nature of the concern,” a spokesperson said.