Ticker sets high standards for the quality of its content, and the Editorial Policies that set out the guiding principles of our editorial approach and the enforceable standards we must follow.
Earning the trust of the Ticker audience is essential to fulfilling our responsibilities to provide innovating and comprehensive services of a high standard to our audience.
Ticker uphold the fundamental journalistic principles of accuracy and impartiality.
Ticker recognises our content must be created in a way that is respectful towards audiences and mindful of community expectations.
Ticker, however, is bold and creative.
Our editorial policies are as follows:
1 Independence, integrity and responsibility
The trust and respect of the community depend on Ticker’s editorial independence and integrity. Independence and responsibility are inseparable. The Managing Editor of Ticker is also the CEO who has ultimate editorial power and responsibility.
Ticker acknowledges its duty to ensure that the gathering and presentation of news and information is accurate according to the recognised standards of objective journalism. Credibility depends heavily on factual accuracy. Ticker requires that reasonable efforts must be made to ensure accuracy in all fact-based content. Ticker accuracy standard applies to assertions of fact, not to expressions of opinion. The accuracy standard requires that opinions be conveyed accurately.
3 Corrections and clarifications
A commitment to accuracy includes a willingness to correct errors and clarify ambiguous or otherwise misleading information. Swift correction can reduce harmful reliance on inaccurate information, especially given content can be quickly, widely and permanently disseminated. Corrections and clarifications can contribute to achieving fairness and impartiality.
4 Impartiality and diversity of perspectives
Ticker has a duty to ensure that the gathering and presentation of news and information is impartial according to the recognised standards of objective journalism. Ticker aims to present, over time, content that addresses a broad range of subjects from a diversity of perspectives
reflecting a diversity of experiences, presented in a diversity of ways from a diversity of sources, including content created by Ticker staff, generated by audiences and commissioned or acquired from external content-makers.
5 Fair and honest dealing
Fair and honest dealing is essential to maintaining trust with audiences and with those who participate in or are otherwise directly affected by Ticker content. In rare circumstances, deception or a breach of an undertaking may be justified. Because of the potential damage to trust, deception or breach of an undertaking must be explained openly afterwards unless there are compelling reasons not to do so.
Privacy is necessary to human dignity and every person reasonably expects that their privacy will be respected. But privacy is not absolute. Ticker seeks to balance the public interest in respect for privacy with the public interest in disclosure of information.
7 Harm and offence
Ticker broadcasts and publishes comprehensive and innovative content that aims to inform, entertain and educate diverse audiences. Innovation involves a willingness to take risks, invent and experiment with new ideas. This can result in challenging content which may offend some of the audience some of the time. Ticker potentially reaches the whole community, so it must take into account community standards.
8 Children and young people
Ticker aims to provide children and young people (under the age of 18) with enjoyable and enriching content, as well as opportunities for them to express themselves. Ticker shares this responsibility with parents/guardians and with the child or young person him/herself.
9 Advertising and sponsorship restrictions
Ticker is conscious that its audiences value our role as a broadcaster which relies on sponsorship money for our programs.
Where permissible advertising or sponsorship occurs, Ticker is committed to maintaining the audience members’ trust in the honesty and integrity of what they see, hear and read. Advertisements and sponsored content must be readily recognisable as such. Advertisers and sponsors must have no influence over editorial content or scheduling decisions.
10 Commercial references
Ticker needs to be able to reflect the world as it is, and this involves referring appropriately to commercial organisations, products and services, while maintaining Ticker’s editorial independence and integrity.