The Australian Communications and Media Authority has found that Harbour Radio Pty Ltd, the licensee of commercial radio service 2GB Sydney, breached the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice 2004, by presenting material in a misleading manner by giving improper emphasis to the material and by editing that material out of context.

ACMA received two complaints from the Baulkham Hills Shire Council relating to the Mornings program hosted by Ray Hadley. The complaints concerned the presenter’s repeated broadcast of an excerpt of a Council ‘question time recording’ in which the Mayor of Baulkham Hills Shire Council is heard addressing a fellow councillor.

Under clause 2.2(d) of the code, material must not be presented in a misleading manner by giving wrong or improper emphasis or by editing out of context.

In response to the breach finding, the licensee indicated that it would bring the findings of the investigation report to the attention of all 2GB presenters and producers. The licensee also indicated that it would cease to use the question time recording during any broadcast of any program on its station.

ACMA notes the actions taken by the licensee in response to the breach finding and will closely monitor licensee’s ongoing performance against this provision of the code.