Seven News Brisbane has breached the Code of Practice, the media watchdog has ruled.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority found two news programs which related to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission last July breached of the privacy of two staff members.
The news story on 30 July contained images of their names, job titles and signatures which was deemed unnecessary and not in the public interest.
The investigation also found Seven was not fair and impartial in its presentation of allegations of QBCC’s handling of a customer complaint.
ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin said, “The Commercial Television Code of Practice has clear definitions of what is acceptable to broadcast. Channel Seven News Brisbane failed to meet its obligations under the Code.
“By failing to give the QBCC the opportunity to respond to the allegations aired in the 31 July news story, it failed to present the news fairly and impartially.”
Seven will circulate a copy of the ACMA’s finding to news editorial staff within Seven Brisbane and include the decision and its reasoning in its staff Code training.
ACMA said given Seven’s record of code compliance, it considered those actions were sufficient remedial actions.