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Latest Decisions

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

Brennan and MediaWorks Radio Ltd - 2015-029

The hosts of the Jay-Jay, Mike and Dom show interviewed an eliminated contestant from The Bachelor about her experience on the show. At the end of the item, one of the hosts introduced the new ‘Bachelorette game show’ titled, ‘What’s your cucumber number?’ The premise was for contestants to put cucumbers into their mouths and bite down. Whichever contestant could bite down the farthest along the cucumber would be the winner. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that this was demeaning to women and unsuitable for children. The broadcast was not outside audience expectations of the station and breakfast radio shows generally, and the innuendo would have gone over the heads of most children.

Not Upheld: Good Taste and Decency, Responsible Programming

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Cumin and Radio New Zealand Ltd - 2015-020

Afternoons featured an interview with the author of a recently published book about life in Scandinavia. The Authority did not uphold a complaint that a statement in the introduction to the interview that two people were killed at a free speech forum in Copenhagen was inaccurate because one of the victims was killed at a synagogue. The segment was not news, current affairs or a factual programme to which the accuracy standard applied. In any event, the statement did not constitute a material inaccuracy in the context of the item as a whole.

Not Upheld: Accuracy 

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Black and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2015-037

A promo for the movie No Strings Attached screened during The X Factor NZ which was rated G. The Authority upheld the complaint that explicit sexual references contained in the promo went beyond the boundaries of the G classification and consequently the broadcaster did not adequately consider the interests of younger viewers who were likely to be watching.

Upheld: Responsible Programming, Children’s Interests

No Order 

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Insurance Council of New Zealand and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2014-146

Campbell Live marked the fourth anniversary of the first Canterbury earthquake with a live broadcast from a Christchurch school hall where an audience of local residents with unresolved insurance claims participated in the programme. The Authority upheld a complaint that the broadcast breached the controversial issues and accuracy standards because the programme did not include the insurance industry’s perspective and was misleading about the industry’s willingness to participate in the programme.

Upheld: Controversial Issues, Accuracy

Order: Section 13(1)(a) – broadcast statement

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Rossiter and MediaWorks TV Ltd - 2015-022

The 3 News political editor reported on proposed legislative changes to pay rises for Members of Parliament. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that the item was unbalanced and inaccurate in that the editor ‘presented… opinion as fact’ and used ‘highly emotive language’. The report provided sufficient balance, and the statements complained of were clearly the editor’s opinion and analysis rather than statements of fact to which the accuracy standard applied.

Not Upheld: Controversial Issues, Accuracy

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