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ACMA looking into Eddie, but no formal investigation at this time

Thursday 23 June, 2016

There is a difference between making inquiries and an investigation when it comes to the regulator ACMA.

Sam Newman has revved up further discussion of Eddie McGuire's comments which have been interpreted as encouraging violence against women. In the discussion has come the calll for ACMA to investigate Eddie and Triple M.

So we checked.

There is a big difference between complaints handling and a formal investigation process, as far as the ACMA is concerned.

ACMA has received some inquiries about Eddie's comments, but is following its normal processes at this stage, rather than escalating the issue into a formal investigation.

An ACMA spokesperson has told radioinfo:

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has received some initial inquiries.

 These are being referred to the broadcasters in the first instance as per the complaints provisions in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and the relevant codes of practice.

 The Authority has held preliminary discussions about these matters and will be making further inquiries.

The ACMA does have powers to initiate its own investigations on some matters, but at this time has not done so in this case.

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