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Investigation Report No. 2373 File No. 2010/722 Broadcaster Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd Station ATN Type of service Commercial television Name of program Channel Seven News Date of broadcast 31 January 2010 Relevant code Clause 4.3.1 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 Date finalised 31 August 2010 Decision No breach of clause 4.3.1 (factual accuracy) ACMA Investigation Report – Channel Seven News broadcast by ATN on 31 January 2010
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The complaint On 10 March 2010, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) received a complaint regarding a segment broadcast during Channel Seven News on 31 January 2010 by Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd, the licensee of ATN. The complainant alleged that, in a report about climate change and the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme, the licensee misled viewers by failing to adequately identify images of chimney stacks used in the broadcast. The complainant alleged that the chimney stacks shown in the footage were emitting steam, not smoke, which in the complainant’s view does not contribute to climate change. The complainant was not satisfied with the licensee’s response to his initial complaint and referred the matter to the ACMA for consideration. The complaint has been investigated in accordance with clause 4.3.1 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 (the Code). 1 The program Channel Seven News is broadcast on weeknights at 6.00 pm by the Seven Network. On 31 January 2010, Channel Seven News broadcast a segment about key issues in Federal politics, including the My School website and climate change policies including the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The entire segment lasted 1 minute and 35 seconds. The complaint relates to footage of chimney stacks broadcast during the climate change/ETS component of the segment. The climate change/ETS component of the story was broadcast at the end of the segment and lasted for approximately 20 seconds. The relevant component was a brief report in anticipation of the Federal Opposition releasing its climate change policy. It included comments from the then Prime
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