Daily Source Bias Check: ABC News Australia

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ABC News Australia - Left Center Bias - Liberal - Progressive - CredibleFactual Reporting: High - Credible - Reliable


These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias.  They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes.  These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.

  • Overall, we rate ABC News Australia, Left-Center Biased based on story selection that moderately favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and being a certified fact-checker.

Detailed Report

Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: Australia
World Press Freedom Rank: Australia 26/180


ABC launched in 1932. ABC News is the news division of The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that launched on 22 July 2010.

ABC News is Headquartered in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Justin Milne, former ABC chairman resigned after allegations that he compromised the independence of ABC by asking managing director Michelle Guthrie to fire the chief economics correspondent, Emma Alberici, and the political editor, Andrew Probyn due to the government not liking them.

“They [the government] hate her,” Milne wrote in a leaked email in reference to Alberici. “Get rid of her.”

According to a Guardian article, Milne is also a close friend of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (Liberal Party/Centre-Right).

Dr. Kirstin Ferguson is the Acting Chair. The Managing Director is appointed by the Board and David Anderson is the acting Managing Director. According to their about page “Up to seven Directors are appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Government.” Here is the complete list of the Board members and the process of appointment in detail.

Currently, the PM of Australia is Scott Morrison of The Liberal Party, which is a major center-right political party in Australia.

Read our profile on Australia Media and Government

Funded by / Ownership

ABC is funded mainly by the Australian government and in 2018 funding for ABC was cut by $84m. The website does not feature advertising.

Analysis / Bias

In review, ABC News uses emotionally loaded headlines pertaining to US Politics such as this “Donald Trump kicked off his re-election campaign by making socialism into 2020’s dirty word.” ABC News has a section underworld news dedicated to US news titled “Trump’s America”, with most stories being Anti-Trump. When it comes to national politics, ABC News publishes articles with loaded headlines and criticizes the center-right government “Scott Morrison said all the right things after Christchurch attack, but his history tells another story.” Further, ABC News sources their information from credible sources such as judiciary.house.gov, NPR, news.gallup, NY Times, Sky News, Reuters, and the Associated Press.

A factual search reveals that ABC News Australia has not failed a fact check. In fact, they are a fact checker and a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) through a partnership RMIT University.

Overall, we rate ABC News Australia, Left-Center Biased based on story selection that moderately favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and being a certified fact-checker. (12/9/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 12/15/2020)

Source: https://www.abc.net.au

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2 Comments on "Daily Source Bias Check: ABC News Australia"

  1. You should add a page where I can filter to only see least biased and high and very high factual

    Least biased also has varying degrees
    Let me sort by least biased and location and language too

    This way let someone in Europe see least biased and high factual in English, French etc

    Also have a voting system to let me suggest update on a bias check

    In case a news website was last checked in 2017 and it’s 2021 now
    Thanks 🙂👍


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