The Northern Tablelands ABC Friends branch had planned to hold a public forum in Armidale on the topic of disinformation in the media.
While The "Pub Test" - Fact or Fake News, was due to held at the top floor of the Wicklow Hotel on July 4, it has now been postponed for two months.
The postponement follows the state government's announcement on Saturday introducing COVID-related restrictions across NSW.
"We have now decided that this event is no longer viable," Bruce Stevenson from the ABC Friends branch said.
"We estimate that the venue could only hold about 40 people due to the four-metre rule.
"We had over 100 last time we used the Wicklow, and don't like the idea of turning people away, plus masks, plus no standing whilst drinking, and of course a public gathering during a state COVID outbreak is arguably not a good thing to do," he said.
When it goes ahead, panellists in the fields of media and communication, sociology, economics and psychology will discuss what might be information, misinformation and disinformation, and the role of a public broadcaster such as the ABC in knowing the difference.
There will be plenty of time for open discussion. Bar will be open for drinks with finger food provided. Gold coin donation for entry and for a chance to win a door prize.
Since 1996, a steady group of volunteers in Armidale has met to promote activities of the national public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, also known as the ABC.
The group, until recently, was the Armidale Branch of ABC Friends, but now renamed Northern Tablelands Branch of ABC Friends for a more inclusive focus across our region.
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