ABC trying to set record straight on Catalyst's future

RUMOURS about the impending demise of ABC's Catalyst science program are being hosed down by the broadcaster, though it admits the show's format is under review.

Reports had spread of the show's current format being axed and 11 staff being given the sack.

Sources within the ABC have responded saying the reports aren't true.

Speaking through Media Watch's twitter account, the sources said the show will still be produced in-house in 2017 and 11 staff won't be going. 

A spokesman for the ABC said Catalyst's current format is under review but it will remain as part of the broadcaster's schedule in 2017.

"The ABC can confirm Catalyst will be part of the ABC schedule in 2017 and acknowledges the importance of the program for the scientific community and audiences in general," he said.

"The ABC consistently reviews programs at the end of each year to ensure it maintains its commitment to audience needs and expectations.

"After more than 15 years, ABC Television is reviewing Catalyst's format and production model. ABC management will respond to that review in due course."

In July the show was found to be in breach of the ABC's editorial and impartiality standards for its episode on the health impacts of wireless devices. 

As part of the review following the breach, presenter Dr Maryanne Demasi was suspended.


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