The list below contains our recently published decisions, with the latest at the top.
During the Jay-Jay, Mike & Dom show one of the hosts commented that ‘Louise Nicholas is the woman who was raped by a pack of cops in Rotorua’. The Authority declined to uphold a complaint that this statement was inaccurate, because it did not form part of a news, current affairs or factual programme to which the accuracy standard applied.
Not Upheld: Accuracy
The host of Vote 2014 which covered the results of the 2014 general election, used the terms ‘jeez’, ‘gee’ and apparently ‘Jesus’ as exclamations. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that the use of these terms was offensive and inappropriate. The Authority has consistently recognised that the colloquial use of variations of ‘Jesus’ as an exclamation to express irritation, dismay or surprise is increasingly common and widely accepted. The use of the words in this context, during live coverage of an important political event, did not threaten standards.
Not Upheld: Good Taste and Decency, Discrimination and Denigration
3 News reported on three men who were convicted or accused of sexual offence charges, and showed images of two lists of names, in which the complainants’ names featured. The Authority declined to uphold complaints that by showing their names during a discussion about the accused sex offenders, the item breached the complainants’ privacy. Their position as Parliamentary Service employees was not private, the inclusion of the complainants’ names was peripheral to the item, and there was no suggestion that the complainants were the accused sex offenders, as the three men who were convicted or accused of sexual offence charges were explicitly identified by both their names and their images.
Not Upheld: Privacy, Fairness
3 News reported on an incident in which Pam Corkery of the Internet-Mana Party swore at journalists. The Authority declined to uphold the complaint that the inclusion of the word ‘shit’ breached standards. Ms Corkery’s choice of language was largely what made her behaviour newsworthy, and it was in the public interest to show viewers the footage uncensored. The inclusion of one swearword during an unclassified news programme targeted at adults did not threaten broadcasting standards.
Not Upheld: Good Taste and Decency, Children’s Interests
The song ‘Smile’ by Lily Allen was broadcast during MORE FM Breakfast with Si and Gary. The song included one muted use of the word ‘fucking’. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that the item breached standards of good taste and decency as the word ‘fucking’ was not clearly audible and occurred only once in the song.
Not Upheld: Good Taste and Decency