7.30 did not cover climate change adequately according to research by former Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes.
Guardian Australia reports the Australian Conservation Foundation commissioned Holmes to study ABC output from October 2017 to December 2018, following criticism of the ABC’s coverage.
He reportedly found the coverage lacking but said there was no evidence reporters were under political pressure from management.
The survey found 7.30 broadcast only eight segments out of more than 1,000 that were focused specifically on climate change and its effects.
The report concluded that “7.30’s coverage was inadequate, bearing in mind the program’s role as the ABC’s flagship daily television current affairs program and the crucial importance of the issue for all Australians”.
But ABC rejected the report saying ABC does more than any other Australian media organisation on issues around climate change.
It notes the report’s author “did not conduct interviews with ABC personnel, or other relevant parties” and says the views in the report “are (the author’s) alone, and do not represent the position of ACF”.
“The ABC has also been acknowledged for its exhaustive coverage of last summer’s bushfires and the aftermath, including the debate over the contribution of climate change,” ABC said in a statement.
“We are proud of the coverage we provide to audiences in this key area.”