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Citizen acts on 702 MasterChef claims

2012-07-30 10:24
MasterChef SA
Cape Town – The Citizen lodged a complaint with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) against Talk Radio 702 for slamming The Citizen's front page MasterChef story as misleading, reports The Citizen.

The complaint comes after comments were made on The John Robbie show on 27 July regarding The Citizen's front page story which claimed that MasterChef SA winner Deena Naidoo did not win his own restaurant as was previously stated.

On his show, Robbie cited the headline and the report as misleading and gave M-Net spokesperson Ingrid Engelbrecht a chance to brand it as "very inaccurate".

The Citizen's complaint points out that "the BCCSA code of conduct demands that comment be made on facts truly stated or fairly indicated and referred to; that a broadcaster must make reasonable efforts to fairly present opposing points of view; and that a right of reply should be extended."

According to The Citizen, the complaint says that "what transpired on the show that morning breached all of these requirements".

The Citizen has since confirmed that it stands behind its story after M-Net and Tsogo Sun released a statement on Friday in which they "refuted" the report.

"A press release by M-Net and Tsogo Sun in response to the story, and with quotes attributed to Naidoo, does not 'refute' any of the facts in our story in any way, shape or form," the newspaper said in its own news release.

"We find claims by Naidoo that he has never been disappointed with his prize package unfortunate and disappointing to the extreme, as this is in direct contradiction to what he told our reporter in person on July 26, and which was recorded in her notes.

"The reporter even took the extra step of confirming with Naidoo the accuracy and veracity of the quotes attributed to him in the final version of the story before it was sent to print," according to the Citizen.

The Citizen's front page story said that "the value of the restaurant, not the use thereof, was included in the value of the prize, creating a false impression".

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