ABC TV’s ailing Q&A program has only itself to blame for it disastrously low ratings, according to its most controversial guest.
In 2015, elixinol hempwell cbd oil capsules onetime terror suspect Zaky Mallah caused a sensation when he asked a question from the Q&A audience about his incarceration aged 19 as the first person charged under Australia’s new anti-terrorism laws in 2003.
Mallah was acquitted of planning a terrorist attack in in 2003 by a NSW , and served two years in Goulburn prison after pleading guilty to threatening to kill ASIO officers.
Mallah’s question to the Q&A panel was pre-approved and answered by the former Liberal minister Steve Ciobo, but it was a final comment ruled ‘out of order’ by then host Tony Jones which sparked outrage among conservative politicians and media about the ABC.
The controversial guest was banned from the show and the ABC issued an apology.
But seven years on, it is Mallah who thinks the show is ‘too woke and lefty’ and needs to ‘bring back the biff’ to attract viewers.
Zaky Mallah, Q&A’s most controversial guest (above), said the program has become too ‘woke’ and risks being axed, so he has a suggestion to make it exciting again for viewers
During his appearance in 2015, Mallah suggested it was ‘Liberals like’ Ciobo who were sparking young Muslins to go to Syria and join ISIS.
Then Prime Minister Tony Abbott called for a national inquiry into the ABC which he said had ‘made a very, very serious misjudgement’ allowing Mallah to air ‘extreme views’.
He asked the national broadcaster, elixinol hempwell cbd oil capsules ‘whose side are you on?’, banned ministers from planned appearances on the show the following week and declared ‘heads will roll’.
It was Zaky Mallah’s final comment about the Federal Government supposedly causing young Muslim men to go to Syria that Tony Jones (above) jumped on, but sent his ratings soaring the next week
The June 22, 2015show on which Mallah appeared, when Q&A was a flagship program broadcast on Monday nights, attracted what was then considered a lower-rating 560,000 viewers.
But the following week, after days of controversy, buy cbd uk cbd online when Jones was forced to address the issue, Q&A scored its biggest average audience of that year to date, of 797,000 capital city viewers.
This compares with the 175,000 audience scored ten days ago on the show from which host Stan Grant booted audience member Sasha Gillies-Lekakis for his controversial views about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
A week later, the audience plummeted to the current low of 168,00 viewers in the five mainland capitals, with the ABC saying audience measurements for the show meant ‘a total average audience of 518,000 viewers across metro and regional broadcast markets and ABC iview’.
In a video sent to Daily Mail Australia, the now 38-year-old Zaky Mallah mocked Q&A’s ‘all new low’ and speaking to the program’s producers said, ‘your show is on the verge of being axed.
‘Unless something is done, Q&A is going to be “bye bye”, so I’ve come here to save the day. I’m the national broadcaster’s superhero.’
Zaky Mallah was convicted of threatening ASIO officers, found not guilty of terrorism and went to support the Free Syria Army in 2011 before his controversial appearance on the ABC
A firm Q&A supporter, Mallah said the show’s axing would be ‘a great loss. It holds severyone to account … politicians, society. It held me to account. It would be sad to see it go.’
Mallah says on the video his 2015 Q&A appearance caused ‘a scandal so great’ he was a media focus for weeks, and the show shot to number one.
He then says ‘so let’s get down to business. If you want your ratings to increase and in fact skyrocket, invite me on your program.
‘This time as a panel member … under a few conditions.’
Mallah’s says he wants to be paid $5000 per appearance, the freedom to express his views ‘without any censorship’ and ‘don’t kick me the f**k out of the show’.
‘If you agree to these conditions I am more than happy to be back on the program Q&A 2022 and help increase audience viewership’.
The furore Mallah’s appearance in 2015 created was not because of the original question he asked, and unlike Russian Australian Gillies-Lekakis on March 10, he was not kicked off the show.
Zaky Mallah’s first question was followed up by a challenge to Steve Ciobo suggesting it was Liberals like him that were responsible for young Australian Muslims joining ISIS
Then parliamentary secretary to the foreign affairs minister, Steve Ciobo attacked Zaky Mallah saying he’d like him to be deported, which led to Malllah’s jibe about Ciobo
Mallah’s actual question was: ‘As the first person to be charged with terrorism under the harsh Liberal Howard government in 2003, I was subject to solitary confinement, elixinol cbd capsules a 22 hour lockdown, dressed in most times in an orange overall and treated like a convicted terrorist while under the presumption of innocence.
‘I had done and said some stupid things including threatening to kidnap and kill, but in 2005 I was acquitted of those terrorism charges.
‘Question to the panel. What would have happened if my case had been decided by the minister himself and not the courts?’
Steve Ciobo, then parliamentary secretary to the minister for foreign affairs, immediately denounced Mallah, saying he’d be ‘pleased’ to see him deported from Australia.
Mallah drew applause when he replied ‘as an Australian I’d be happy to see you out of this country’
But he followed this up by saying, ‘The Liberals have just justified to many Australian Muslims in the community tonight to leave and go to Syria and join ISIL because of ministers like him’.
Tony Jones immediately said, ‘I think that’s a comment we’re just going to rule totally out of order’; by the following morning the ABC had issued a statement saying it had been wrong to involve Mallah in the program.
Ciobo had also said on the same Q&A program it was his understanding Mallah was acquitted on the terrorism charge on ‘a technicality’ and ‘because the laws at that time weren’t retrospective’.
Zaky Mallah went on The Project following the scandal that erupted from his Q&A appearance and clashed with host Waleed Aly about Muslim Australians and the war in Syria