ABC's biased Voice referendum coverage in support of ‘Yes’ vote spotlighted by internal review

Review exposes pro-Yes dominance in Voice referendum reporting, revealing a disconnect with majority of Aussies.

ABC's biased Voice referendum coverage in support of ‘Yes’ vote spotlighted by internal review
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An internal review by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reveals a significant bias in its coverage of the Voice referendum, with a majority of airtime given to Yes campaigners.

The 2023 Voice to Parliament Referendum report discloses that 51% of voices featured on the ABC during the referendum coverage advocated for a Yes vote, while only 23% supported the No campaign.

Despite over 60% of Australians ultimately voting No in the October 14 plebiscite, the report discloses that the ABC received 383 complaints about its coverage, with 80% citing bias or a lack of balance. However, only 121 complaints were investigated, and four were upheld.

The report, authored by editorial policies manager Mark Maley, states that achieving a 50/50 balance of advocates was not a requirement, emphasising the goal was to present main arguments for and against the propositions within a reasonable timeframe.

The report shed light on the departure of conservative voice Tom Switzer, stating his departure was attributed to 'ruffling feathers' with his choice of guests.

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