Gupta TV channel pays for Zille gaffe
GUPTA-OWNED news channel ANN7 has been ordered to pay R10 000 and apologise for reporting that former DA leader Helen Zille had tweeted that “colonialism was not bad at all’’.
She had‚ in fact‚ tweeted that ‘“colonialism was not all bad’’.
In May a viewer reported the inaccuracy to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA.
ANN7 apologised and claimed a video editor had mistakenly added the word “at” to the tweet. In June the viewer noticed that it had made the same error.
“ANN7 has never had any credibility‚ but it is getting worse and worse with its distortions of the news‚’’ the viewer’s complaint partly read.
The channel promised to delete the May footage from its system to prevent the same mistake from happening again. It also said it would run an apology during its prime time news broadcast. The apology was aired and the matter was considered resolved.
But it seems that ANN7 had not removed the footage from its system.
The complainant wrote to the broadcasting watchdog in
‘ We will run the apology during prime time news broadcast
June‚ saying: “In both instances relatively junior but important staff members are blamed. They clearly need training in basic journalism and ethics and senior staff members should monitor news broadcasts and correct misinformation immediately‚ not wait for an official complaint to be made.”
The commission’s Linda Venter ruled: “I came to the conclusion that the apology should be repeated and the registrar informed at least 48 hours before it is broadcast so that the relevant parties may be informed thereof. For the reoccurrence of the same negligent error‚ a fine of R10 000 is imposed as sanction ... ” —