ABC responds to GCM’s concerns over Parthenon Marbles coverage

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The ABC Channel has responded to concerns raised by the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) over its recent coverage of the Parthenon Marbles, where they were consistently referred to as the “Elgin” Marbles.

In a letter dated December 13, the ABC said its “practice in the future” is to refer to the marbles as the “Parthenon Marbles.”

The ABC also addressed various aspects of the “Parthenon Marbles” discussion and provided insights into its editorial decisions and considerations regarding the terminology used in reporting on the “Parthenon Marbles.”

The letter from the ABC News Management stated, “That usage [of the terminology] has changed and it has become increasingly common, including by the ABC, to refer to all the marbles as the ‘Parthenon Marbles’ and providing historical context if required in relation to those held in the British Museum. That is, the default naming will be the Parthenon marbles but the use of ‘Elgin marbles’ may be used if it is necessary or useful in providing historical context.”

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The ABC Channel has responded in a positive matter to the Greek Community in Melbourne. Photo: Supplied.

As passionate and staunch advocates for cultural accuracy and rightful representation, the GCM said it appreciates the opportunity to address this matter constructively.

In response to ABC Channel’s viewpoints, the GCM underscored the significance of a well-informed and comprehensive examination of the historical and cultural context surrounding the “Parthenon Marbles.”

GCM President, Bill Papastergiadis OAM stated, “We recognise the importance of fostering a well-informed and inclusive conversation surrounding the “Parthenon Marbles.” We believe that engaging in open dialogue is essential to building bridges and fostering a greater understanding of such matters. Hopefully, the momentum for the return to Greece for the Parthenon Marbles can be continued.”

GCM Vice President, Anthea Sidiropoulos said, “We acknowledge ABC Channel’s response to our concerns.”

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