Update: ACMA was informed and they quickly responded stating that they would further investigate
[original post:] A potentially big breakthrough has occurred.
I've been in contact with the senior producer of Good Game, one of the subsidiary content programs under the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and it appears the ABC has been caught in a pants-down moment.
For those of you who haven't been keeping track, the ACMA investigated the ABC and found them innocent on two accounts of alleged unethical reporting. However, one of the claims in the report is that the ABC couldn't provide an unbiased depiction of #GamerGate because none of the 30 people they interviewed were willing to go on air to offer a “counter perspective” to the AGG narrative. Here is the exact quote from the report:
The ABC submitted that the reporter approached over 30 individuals for comment at the PAX Convention and was unable ‘to find a counter perspective’, and that the reporter had explored ‘a mixture of views online’. It was also submitted that ‘some journalists and developers were reluctant to go on camera out of fear of being targeted online’.
A certain Gerard McDermott came forward to contest that he was interviewed by the ABC but they never aired his interview. This was confirmed by Good Game's senior producer Ben Shackleford. Here's an archive of the tweets where he explains why the interview didn't run: https://archive.is/OLMtM
When he says he “can't comment on that” it's referring to the recent ACMA report. I reached out to Ben after he e-mailed me following that exchange and explained the ABC's position on them not having any interviews to air during their segment.
After asking what sort of collaboration Shackleford had with the 7:30 team in putting together the piece (some of which contained Good Game footage and interviews) he simply responded with a formal copy-and-pasted response that a formal complaint should be made at the following address: http://www.abc.net.au/contact/complain.htm
He was not willing to further the discussion or offer any comments on the record, nor answer any questions about the discrepancy between the ABC's comments to the ACMA and his admission that interviews did take place that were not all anti-GG.
I'll be contacting the media officer of the ACMA to let them know that their investigative report is now rendered inaccurate due to this new information. You can file a complaint to help buffer the fact that the ABC purposefully skewed the news and they just admitted to it.
TL;DR: The ABC just got caught in a royal funk-up. A producer admitted they interviewed someone for the #GamerGate segment but didn't air it. ABC claimed to the ACMA they had no interviews to run that were neutral/pro-GG. You can contact your MP to let them
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