The ABC’s decision to conduct an inquiry into its own complaints system is at least a “surface level admission” there are issues with the process, according to Digital Editor Jack Houghton.
Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg, chair of the Senate’s Environment and Communications Committee, recently announced an inquiry into the ABC complaints handling system.
ABC chair Ita Buttrose called the inquiry a “partisan political exercise” which aims to “undermine the ABC’s independence”.
Mr Houghton said it is “no secret” there have been a string of high-profile reporting errors which have been published by the ABC in the last year.
“Many, including myself, find the ABC’s responses to these errors wholly insufficient,” he said.
“It is one thing to launch an inquiry into the editorial standards of the ABC and an entirely different thing to investigate how errors are investigated and dealt with.
“It is factually incorrect to suggest that this inquiry is in any way a government dictating what content should air, because to make a complaint, that content has to already have aired.
“And despite all of Ita’s bluster there is a key fact everyone is missing: the ABC itself is conducting an inquiry into its complaints system, this is at least a surface level admission that there are issues with the process.”