Smith has told Fairfax he has spent $1 million in a campaign advocating to cut immigration numbers to around 70,000 but ABC news and current affairs has deliberately ignored it.
He will now launch an advertising campaign against ABC which he suggested was “basically treasonous.”
A spokesman for the ABC said, “The claims by Mr Smith concerning ABC News are untrue and not supported by any evidence. The ABC has no position on the issue of population growth, has no ban on reporting on this subject, and has issued no decrees or any other type of instruction to staff about reporting on this issue.”
In 2010 ABC screened Dick Smith’s Population Puzzle (pictured), followed by a special Q&A, amid criticism that Smith had part-funded the doco potentially “buying” airtime on the broadcaster.
At the time Smith even told Fairfax, ”I think the ABC has been very brave and very responsible in purchasing this documentary because no commercial channel would.”