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McDonald and New Zealand Media and Entertainment - 2016-050 (22 August 2016)

An item during a Newstalk ZB news bulletin featured an interview with Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder. The newsreader introduced the item by saying, ‘Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder believes their loss to the Highlanders is the kick up the backside they need…’ The Authority did not uphold a complaint that the phrase ‘kick up the backside’ was rude, alluded to indecent assault and sexual abuse, and offended ‘community standards’. A ‘kick up the backside’ is a common, colloquial expression in New Zealand, meaning an unwelcome event or action that unexpectedly motivates or inspires. The expression would be well-known to listeners, who would not associate it with indecent or sexual assault. Therefore its use in this context did not threaten standards of good taste and decency.

Not Upheld: Good Taste and Decency 

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McGuckian and The Radio Network Ltd - 2014-088

A Newstalk ZB news bulletin reported on the Pope meeting with victims of clerical sexual abuse. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that the number of victims cited was inaccurate. The broadcaster made reasonable efforts to ensure the item’s accuracy by obtaining the figure from a United Nations report.

Not Upheld: Accuracy, Fairness

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Du Fall and The Radio Network Ltd - 2014-055

On Newstalk ZB on 2 April 2014, in response to a news item reporting that the average New Zealand woman weighed 72 kilograms, the host Rachel Smalley could be heard, during an advertisement break, referring to these women as ‘heifers’ and ‘a bunch of lardos’. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that the action taken by the broadcaster was insufficient, or that the comments breached standards of good taste and decency. Size or weight is not one of the specified sections of the community under the discrimination and denigration standard, the comments were off the cuff and not intended for broadcast, and the host and the broadcaster both issued public apologies.

Not Upheld: Good Taste and Decency, Discrimination and Denigration (Action Taken)

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Armitage and The Radio Network Ltd - 2011-093

Newstalk ZB. Host referred to a woman “on her rags”. Not upheld (good taste and decency).

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Towers and The Radio Network Ltd - 2011-036

Newstalk ZB. Host used the phrase “whack-job Christians”. Not upheld (discrimination and denigration).

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Redhead and The Radio Network Ltd - 2011-014

Newstalk ZB. Host said, “have they got their heads so far up their backsides they don’t take any notice of anyone else?” Not upheld (good taste and decency).

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Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand and The Radio Network Ltd - 2009-028

Newstalk ZB talkback programme discussed Green Party MP: allegedly in breach of good taste and decency and unfair.

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Keesing and The Radio Network Ltd - 2009-006

Newstalk ZB news item reported that Nicholas Keesing undertook an election smear campaign “to get revenge”. Controversial issues, accuracy, fairness. Not upheld.

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Brown and The Radio Network Ltd - 2008-130

Newstalk ZB. News item gave details of child abuse case. Good taste and decency. Not upheld.

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Dickinson and The Radio Network Ltd - 2008-126

Newstalk ZB. Discussion of binding referenda. Good taste and decency, law and order, controversial issues, denigration and discrimination, and responsible programming. Not upheld.

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Fisher and The Radio Network Ltd - 2008-114

Newstalk ZB. Reference to Sarah Palin’s daughter as “the town bike”. Action taken. Not upheld

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Rice and The Radio Network Ltd - 2008-062

Newstalk ZB. Item reported on two bodies being found on top of a rail “carriage”. Accuracy. Not upheld.

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Imlach and The Radio Network Ltd - 2007-006

Newstalk ZB talkback. Waikanae crematorium proposal. Good taste and decency, balance, fairness, denigration. Not upheld.

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Soryl and The Radio Network Ltd - 2006-106

Newstalk ZB Christchurch. Stick of the week awards. Privacy, fairness, social responsibility. Not upheld.

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Baines and The Radio Network Ltd - 2006-094

Newstalk ZB. Mayor-kicking incident in Christchurch. Privacy. Not upheld.

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Malone and The Radio Network Ltd - 2006-034

Newstalk ZB talkback. Anonymity of callers. Privacy. Not upheld.

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Porter and The Radio Network Ltd - 2005-107

Newstalk ZB. Film reviewer’s comments. Good taste and decency. Not upheld.

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Fippard and The Radio Network Ltd - 2005-019

NewstalkZB. Comments about the Queen. Good taste and decency. Not upheld.

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Newman and The Radio Network Ltd - 2004-195

Nelson Newstalk ZB. Interview with new mayors. Balance, fairness, accuracy, denigration. Not upheld.

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Gibbs and The Radio Network Ltd - 2004-176

Newstalk ZB. Sale of Council shares. Privacy and fairness. Not upheld.

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Lowery and The Radio Network Ltd - 2004-055

Newstalk ZB. Question in Parliament. Accuracy. Not upheld.

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Arnold and The Radio Network Ltd - 2004-045

Newstalk ZB. Host rude about caller. Fairness, good taste and decency, balance, social responsibility, denigration. Not upheld.

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Mulhern and The Radio Network Ltd - 2003-005

Newstalk ZB. Host discussed results of murder trial. Not upheld (social responsibility, law and order).

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Kingdom Residential Housing Ltd and The Radio Network Ltd - 2003-004

Newstalk ZB. Discussion about leaky building syndrome. Not upheld (fairness).

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Robb and The Radio Network Ltd - 2002-184

Newstalk ZB. Discussion regarding "National Penis Day" included reference to penis on Michaelangelo’s David. Not upheld (good taste and decency).

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