ABC’s coverage of King Charles’ coronation was ‘shocking and entertaining’ – says mediator

ABC’s coverage of King Charles III’s coronation is described as ‘shocking and entertaining’ but did NOT breach standards – after 1,800 complaints to broadcaster

The ABC ombudsman found the national broadcaster’s coverage of the coronation of King Charles III to be “shocking and entertaining”.

It did not breach editorial standards for impartiality, however, the ombudsman said in a finding released Thursday.

The ABC received 1,832 complaints about its coverage that featured a discussion of Indigenous issues long before the ceremony, which more than a million people tuned into the network to watch.

The complaints referred to a segment from 5.15pm to 6pm during which a panel discussed ‘critical perspectives on the role of the monarchy in modern Australia’ as the first guests arrived at Westminster Abbey .

The ombudsman said: “While the CBA should at all times be fair, accurate and open-minded, the standards of impartiality do not require that every perspective be given equal time, nor that every facet of every argument be presented”.

The panel was moderated by Jeremy Fernandez and Julia Baird, Republican Movement co-chairman Craig Foster, and MP Julian Leeser, one of the Liberal Party’s supporters of a voice in parliament.

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The ABC received more than 1,800 complaints about its coverage of the King’s coronation, but more than a million people tuned in

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