Pro­ducer warned over Q& A blue

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE ABC board has chas­tised Q& A ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Peter McEvoy over the show’s de­ci­sion to fea­ture con­victed crim­i­nal Zaky Mal­lah, is­su­ing him with a for­mal warn­ing.

It comes as an in­de­pen­dent re­view of the show by for­mer SBS man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Shaun Brown and vet­eran jour­nal­ist Ray Martin will look at au­di­ence and panel se­lec­tion, sub­ject se­lec­tion and its so­cial media strat­egy, in­clud­ing on- air tweets.

The board met yesterday to dis­cuss last week’s episode and late yesterday broke its si­lence in a state­ment agree­ing with ABC man­age­ment’s ap­praisal of the ter­ror­ist sym­pa­thiser’s live ap­pear­ance as “wrong”.

“The is­sues in­volved with con­sid­er­ing Mal­lah’s ap­pear­ance should have been re­ferred up to se­nior man­age­ment un­der ed­i­to­rial poli­cies,” the state­ment said.

“The ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of Q& A ac­knowl­edges the fail­ure of ed­i­to­rial process and judg­ment around this episode.”

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