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ABC in ‘suicide attempt’ scandal

19 February 2020

1:17 PM

19 February 2020

1:17 PM

You know that string of errors by The(ir) ABC? Well, it just got even longer.  

Comedian Rosie Waterland has taken to Twitter to reveal her shocking experience with our national broadcaster.  

She wrote that her experience with Australian story was “traumatic, upsetting, and ended up with me watching my episode from a psychiatric hospital, because I was so traumatised by what they forced me to do, to film my episode.” 

In her long, emotional thread posted after she watched Monday’s 4 Corners, Waterland wrote that she “got so mad today and couldn’t not say something. I was nervous about saying this stuff, because you’re never allowed to admit that ABC has f***d you over.” 

She added that the “ABC is not great at supporting victims who expose them when they f**k up” and “it’s also important to acknowledge that they can f**k up.”  

She said that her experience with the ABC left her feeling “betrayed and screwed over” and they “ignored their duty of care.” 

In a statement to Pedestrian TV, the(ir) ABC said it was “deeply concerned” with Waterland’s experience.  

It’s another blow for the(ir) ABC who recently faced criticism over their handling of the filming of Tracey Spicer’s documentary Silent No More. Private messages sent directly to Spicer were filmed, revealing women’s identities, which was described as “unethical” behaviour.  

Then there was, of course, that concerning, controversial episode of Q&A featuring Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy who justified violence. The episode was removed from iView 

And, as we began a fresh new decade, The(ir) ABC’s chief political correspondent Laura Tingle told a Twitter user to “go f**k yourself”. 

All this at a time when the broadcaster is hoping for an increase in taxpayer funding?  

Ouch.  

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