"Four segments on a Sky News Australia show that tried to undermine climate
science and play down the threat of global heating on the Great Barrier Reef
breached industry codes, an investigation by Australia’s media watchdog has
Segments fronted by presenter Rowan Dean – who has described climate change as
a “fraudulent and dangerous cult” – breached codes for fairness and for failing
to distinguish opinion from fact.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority investigated complaints made
in late 2021 by the former prime minister Kevin Rudd, who the previous year had
launched a petition calling for a royal commission to look at the dominance and
role of Rupert Murdoch’s media outlets.
Rudd launched a campaign group – Australians for a Murdoch Royal Commission –
in October 2021 as he filed his first complaints about the Sky News content to
The current co-chair, the former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, said Acma’s
finding was “significant” and that Sky News Australia, together with Rupert
Murdoch’s Fox News, had been “systematically spreading lies and disinformation”
that was damaging democracies and “in this case, the climate”.
“At long last they are being held to account,” he said.
Foxtel, the licensee that broadcasts Sky News Australia, will have to report
back to Acma within four months on steps it is taking to avoid further
breaches, including carrying out staff training."
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