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Latest Decisions

The list below contains our recently published decisions, with the latest at the top. 


Duncan and Television New Zealand Ltd - 2015-083 (28 January 2016)

A promo for Step Dave, broadcast during The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, showed two female characters kissing and brief sexual innuendo. The Authority did not uphold a complaint that it was inappropriate to screen such an ‘overtly sexual’ promo during a children’s movie. The promo included low-level sexual innuendo which was unlikely to be understood by younger viewers, and unlikely to disturb or offend most viewers in the context of the PGR host programme.

Not Upheld: Good Taste and Decency, Children’s Interests 

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Jelavich and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2015-081 (28 January 2016)

The Heat, a comedy/action film about a mismatched FBI agent and police officer working together to take down a drug lord, contained frequent coarse language. The Authority did not uphold a complaint about this language. As the film was classified Adults Only, was preceded by a comprehensive warning and broadcast at 8.30pm, the Authority found the broadcaster clearly informed viewers about the nature of the film and adequately considered the interests of children.

Not Upheld: Good Taste and Decency, Children’s Interests

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White and SKY Network Television Ltd - 2015-066 (28 January 2016)

An episode of Bullies, a three-part documentary series, discussed the issue of bullying in schools. The Authority did not uphold a complaint that the documentary was unbalanced and misleading because it did not discuss the success of certain nationwide bullying prevention programmes. The documentary did discuss various anti-bullying programmes and was not otherwise misleading. Which anti-bullying initiatives to feature, and in what detail, was a matter of editorial discretion for the broadcaster.

Not Upheld: Controversial Issues, Accuracy

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McDonald and Television New Zealand Ltd - 2015-073 (28 January 2016)

Seven Sharp featured the story of a man who, due to delays in having minor surgery for a skin cancer cyst, suffered severe health problems. The man said that ‘[The cyst] went from less than a centimetre to 35 centimetres’. The Authority did not uphold a complaint that the description of the cyst as ‘35 centimetres’ was inaccurate. The exact measurement was not a material point of fact in the item, and it was clearly the man’s own recollection of his experience.

Not Upheld: Accuracy 

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McLoon and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2015-071 (28 January 2016)

Turning Point featured a Christian sermon about the second coming of Jesus Christ. The Authority did not uphold a complaint that the programme should have been classified PGR instead of G, and breached various other broadcasting standards. The programme did not contain any material which exceeded its G classification or which threatened broadcasting standards.

Not Upheld: Good Taste and Decency, Controversial Issues, Accuracy, Fairness, Responsible Programming, Children’s Interests, Violence 

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