ABC and Seven staff have been pointing the finger at one another in a series of tweets about watermarks and lack of attribution.
As previously noted, things came to a head when Sunrise failed to attribute Four Corners for footage of the Thai Cave Rescue. ABC journos and staff let rip with tweets accusing it of theft. Sunrise maintains it was an error in one news break and it attributed thereafter.
Last night Media Watch questioned the brevity of that attribution and stumped up with several previous examples where Sunrise also failed to give credit.
“How did this copycat story about Canberra woman Jessica Kelly losing her sense of smell sneak in three weeks ago?” Paul Barry asked.
It was a story aired on ABC 4 days earlier, he explained.
“The ABC also published its story about Jessica Kelly online, with those lines about bacon and popcorn,” he added,
“And come the weekend, Sunrise was helping itself. Taking all of the ABC’s footage and getting Jessica to tell them about chocolate.”
On the Thai Cave item, Craig McPherson, Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs told Media Watch, “The production mistake was acknowledged and fixed immediately. The EP apologised.
“Unlike the ABC which to this day continues to portray the telling vision of Peta Credlin and Stuart Robert, shot exclusively by 7 News, as its own. Repeated requests back in 2015 were continually
ignored. It remains today on its website.
“But the real crime here is the attack on a young 7 News reporter thousands of kilometres away in
Thailand. The social media ferals, some who it appears have journalistic and television pedigree,
relentlessly targeted the reporter who would have no knowledge of what bugs and straps are or are
not placed on screen. Those with any understanding of TV production would be aware of that. Their
behaviour is reprehensible.”
McPherson’s response didn’t make it into the Media Watch story but is posted online …which some suggest was because it did not fit ABC’s narrative.
Seven’s Mark Riley also tweeted about ABC supposedly pinching Seven footage, retweeted by Sunrise EP Michael Pell.
The ABC says its use of the 2013 Credlin / Robert vision was agreed to by the Channel 7 Melbourne News library as part of a ‘vision swap’.
For those looking for the lighter side to it all, the ‘theft / error’ managed to make it into a question on Have You Been Paying Attention?