We formally complained to the ABC concerning the Coronation TV broadcast on 6 May 2023 at 5 PM and, finding their answer inadequate, have taken this to ACMA. While we used a petition effectively to persuade a reluctant ABC to film the Diamond Jubilee River Thames pageant, we decided a petition after the fact would not be effective and the better course was to complain as provided by law and if dissatisfied effectively appeal.
APC ‘s complaint alleges breaches of Standards 2, 4, and 7 in relation to the Coronation Broadcast from 5.00 pm AEST on 6 May 2023.
The complaint relates to a panel discussion program, in part simultaneous to the Coronation program from London, occupying part or all of the screen and dominating the sound transmission.
The panel discussion program was politicised and partisan, highly critical of the role and function of the Crown in relation to indigenous people, and overall favouring the removal of the Crown from the Australian Constitution.