Has the ABC lost journalistic integrity?
In my cold & flu medication haze I’ve stumbled across two scandals in the Queensland Election. They both relate to this awful ad:
(Alternative link – hosted by Sydney Morning Herald)
It’s a piece of “political communication” for Bob Katter’s Australia Party.
“The ABC must always be mindful of the primacy of the audience. It is they who will vote. It is they who, during a campaign especially, are making up their minds. It is they whom we serve. The Parliament created us under law for them. They pay for us.”
According to the disclosure at the end of the ad, the voiceover in the ad is “S. McGill”, after some digging we’ve managed to find Ms McGill’s voice-talent agency – Abe’s Audio. You can listen to Suzanne’s talent demos here (there are three categories, you want Suzanne in each).
The Brisbane Times is reporting that Ms McGill has been stood down from her on-air responsibilities at the ABC, pending a formal investigation into breaches of editorial policy. A spokeswoman for the ABC said Ms McGill “did not seek nor obtain permission for external voiceover work as required in accordance with ABC policies”. According to the Brisbane Ms McGill has not returned phone calls or email asking for comment. ABC North-West is reporting that Ms Gill is still working for ABC off-air.