Updated 21 April-reply received from ABC-see outcome
ABC NEWS WATCH is quite sure it heard use of the name "Sir" Bob Geldof in a news report on ABC Radio National Breakfast at around 8.00 am on Monday 8/3/2010 (NSW). Use of the title "Sir" for Bob Geldof is of course incorrect as the ABC is aware.
This post started off "From the vault" but this is one factual error that won't go away.
ABC Classic FM - News 16 September 2005
A listener objected to the use of the honorary title “Sir” in relation to Bob Geldof in a news report. He pointed out that Mr Geldof has an honorary knighthood, which does not entitle him to the use of the title “Sir”.
Finding: The ABC acknowledged the error.
Nothing has changed since this complaint was upheld. Geldof is entitled to use the post-nominal letters "KBE", but as he is not a citizen of a Commonwealth realm, he is precluded from using the title "Sir" (from wikipedia).
SO WHY DID THE ABC CONTINUE TO USE THE TITLE FOLLOWING THIS COMPLAINT BEING UPHELD?
Sir Bob Geldof 8/3/2010 ABC News report Radio National 8.00 am
Sir Geldof 20/9/2009 http://www.abc.net.au/compass/s2680053.htm
Sir Geldof 6/5/2009 http://www.abc.net.au/tv/guide/netw/200905/programs/ZY5705A002D6052009T140000.htm
Sir Geldof 2/4/2009 http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/04/02/2533750.htm
Sir Geldof 19/11/2007 http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/11/19/2094738.htm
Sir Geldof 19/11/2007 http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/11/19/2095123.htm
Sir Geldof 16/5/2007 http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/05/16/1924110.htm
THE COMPLAINT: Factual error. Can ABC conduct a global search and replace of its archive to correct these numerous errors, and perhaps flag future uses of Bob Geldof's name to ensure the same mistake isn't repeated.
"From the Vault" - digging up past corrections and clarifications from the ABC archives (and sometimes re-living them again and again and again.)