ABC News failed to Live broadcast the Queen’s historic address earlier today.
Seven, Nine and 10 all screened the speech Live at 5am AEST, which had been recorded at Windsor Castle.
But while ABC was replaying Lateline, ABC News channel was “inexcusably” replaying Insiders, Peter Ford told 3AW.
It was a major miss by the national broadcaster who knew the address was coming. It did not screen until being included in News Breakfast from 6am.
An ABC spokesperson has not explained the oversight, telling TV Tonight, “Her Majesty The Queen’s message on COVID-19 was broadcast across all ABC radio platforms this morning. ABC NewsRadio started its Breakfast Show half an hour earlier to accommodate the 5.00am live broadcast, with crosses to European Correspondent Linton Besser.
“Subsequently the message was covered on AM, Local and Regional Radio Breakfast programs, ABC News Breakfast, in our digital services and in regular ABC News bulletins. The message will be re-broadcast in full on the ABC TV main channel at 6.55pm to ensure the widest possible prime-time audience is able to see it.”
Her Majesty paid tribute to British spirit in her historic address.
“I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles, who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all,” she said.
“I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times.”
The Queen even drew upon wartime parallels, referencing Dame Vera Lynn’s timeless WWII song.
“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again. But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all.”