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An internal ABC review has found its coverage of the Voice referendum was dominated by Yes supporters.
The national broadcaster's 2023 Voice to Parliament Referendum report found that 51 per cent of voices appearing on the ABC during its referendum coverage were in favour of a Yes vote.
In contrast, just 23 per cent of speakers platformed by the ABC were in favour of a No vote, while the rest were neutral or undecided, The Australian reported.
More than 60 per cent of Australians backed the No campaign on the October 14 plebiscite, while just shy of 40 per cent voted Yes.
The report, compiled by editorial policies manager Mark Maley and published on Monday, revealed that the ABC received 383 complaints about its referendum coverage - with over 80 per cent relating to claims of bias or a lack of balance.
The national broadcaster's 2023 Voice to Parliament Referendum report found that 51 per cent of voices appearing on the ABC during its referendum coverage were in favour of a Yes vote (Pictured: Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at a Yes campaign event)
Only 121 complaints were investigated and just four were upheld.
It is unclear what those complaints were.
The report also said that balance was not needed.
'Teams were explicitly told that 50/50 balance of advocates was not required,' Mr Maley said.
'The goal was to ensure that audiences on all platforms were presented with the main arguments for and against the propositions in the referendum on every platform within a reasonable