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ABC managing director David Anderson has admitted the public broadcaster’s Juanita Nielsen special included false claims that should never have aired.

The two-part documentary, which focuses on the 1975 disappearance of journalist and activist Juanita Nielsen, became the subject of controversy after information surfaced that contradicted claims made by interviewee John Innes.

Mr Anderson told Senate Estimates this week that the producers of Juanita: A Family Mystery had failed in their due diligence by allowing Innes’ claims to be broadcast.

Admission: ABC managing director David Anderson has admitted the public broadcaster’s Juanita Nielsen special included false claims that should never have aired

‘Ultimately a decision was made to publish, given all the checks and measures that had happened to that particular point in time, with representations made by one of the people that were interviewed on that program,’ Mr Anderson said.

‘There is no doubt that they should have done more digging with regard to one of those participants that was interviewed and the undertakings that they provided as part of that program. There’s no doubt that that should have been better.’  

Innes, who is a retired lawyer, claimed in the documentary he was ‘placed’ in Long Bay jail as an ‘undercover investigator’ to gather information from Eddie Trigg, who was a prime suspect in Nielsen’s disappearance

Inaccurate: The two-part documentary, which focuses on the 1975 disappearance of journalist and activist Juanita Nielsen, became the subject of controversy after information surfaced that contradicted claims made by interviewee John Innes

Inaccurate: The two-part documentary, which focuses on the 1975 disappearance of journalist and activist Juanita Nielsen, became the subject of controversy after information surfaced that contradicted claims made by interviewee John Innes

Innes said in the TV special he knew ‘where she was killed, how she was killed, who killed her, how much they got paid, and who paid him’.

Juanita: A Family Mystery was produced by the ABC and production company WildBear Entertainment. It fell under the public broadcaster’s Entertainment and Specialist division.

Mr Anderson said as a result of the editorial failings stemming from Mr Innes’ false assertions, the ABC had decided to make significant alterations to the division. 

Reforms: Mr Anderson said as a result of the editorial failings stemming from Mr Innes' false assertions, the ABC had decided to make significant alterations to the division

Reforms: Mr Anderson said as a result of the editorial failings stemming from Mr Innes’ false assertions, the ABC had decided to make significant alterations to the division

Juanita: A Family Mystery premiered on the September 7, 2021.

It was removed from the ABC’s streaming platform iview three weeks later and was followed by a formal apology from the broadcaster when the erroneous assertions made by Mr Innes were brought to the public’s attention.

‘Following publication, new information came to light casting serious doubt on some of Innes’ claims. Some of this information had been unavailable to the content makers; some was available but not discovered,’ the statement read.  

False: The documentary was removed after information came to light that contradicted claims made by interviewee and retired lawyer John Innes (pictured)

False: The documentary was removed after information came to light that contradicted claims made by interviewee and retired lawyer John Innes (pictured)

Another statement was later issued by the ABC when the series, including episodes seven and eight of the Juanita: A Family Mystery podcast, were removed.

‘It is important to note that the program makers attempted to verify those claims, such as by speaking with and / or seeking interviews with current and former NSW Police officers, including those Mr Innes said he worked with in the early 1980s,’ a spokesperson said.

‘The program makers also sought comment from NSW Police, which chose not to repudiate Mr Innes’ claims until after they were broadcast.

‘However, while some information concerning Mr Innes was not available to the program makers, we acknowledge that additional steps should have been taken to verify his claims.’

Removed: Juanita: A Family Mystery premiered on the 7th of September, 2021. It was removed from the ABC's streaming platform iView three weeks later and was followed with a formal apology from the public broadcaster due to the assertions made by Mr Innes

Removed: Juanita: A Family Mystery premiered on the 7th of September, 2021. It was removed from the ABC’s streaming platform iView three weeks later and was followed with a formal apology from the public broadcaster due to the assertions made by Mr Innes

Juanita Nielsen, who owned alternative newspaper NOW, disappeared from the centre of Sydney’s seedy underbelly 46 years ago in one of Australia’s most notorious unsolved crimes.

At the time, the 38-year-old was a fierce activist who used her publication to campaign against developers to protect heritage buildings in Potts Point and promote the Builders Labourers Federation’s controversial green bans in the 1970s.

She disappeared on the morning of July 4, 1975 after she walked into the Carousel Cabaret, a Kings Cross nightclub.

She has never been found and no one has been charged for her murder.

Murder: Juanita, who owned alternative newspaper NOW, disappeared from the centre of Sydney's seedy underbelly 46 years ago in one of Australia's most notorious unsolved crimes

Murder: Juanita, who owned alternative newspaper NOW, disappeared from the centre of Sydney’s seedy underbelly 46 years ago in one of Australia’s most notorious unsolved crimes



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