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Promos for South Park, Tosh.O and Bombshell: The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior screened during the wildlife programme Africa’s Fishing Leopards, which was classified G. The promos contained potentially offensive language, which was censored, and verbal references to an ‘act of terror’ and ‘murder’. The Authority did not uphold a complaint that it was inappropriate to broadcast promos for AO-classified programmes during G-programmes, as they contained adult themes. The Authority noted that it is acceptable to screen promos for AO programmes during G programmes, provided that the promo complies with the classification of the host programme. It found that in this case, the use of censored coarse language did not breach standards, but noted that in order to maintain a G classification, broadcasters must take care to adequately edit any AO or PGR content. The promos did not contain any other material which was adult in nature or would have adversely affected child viewers. The balance standard does not apply to the promotion of fictional or comedy programmes (only news, current affairs and factual programmes).
Not Upheld: Children’s Interests, Balance
An episode of the cartoon comedy South Park was broadcast on FOUR at 9.30pm. It depicted Queen Elizabeth II committing suicide, following a botched terrorism attempt; the episode was rated Adults Only (AO) and was preceded by a visual and verbal warning. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that the episode breached the good taste and decency standard: the episode used parody and satire to comment on politics, and freedom of expression includes the right to satirise public figures; and the content was acceptable during an AO programme screened at 9.30pm.
Not Upheld: Good Taste and Decency
South Park and promo. Promo with "News update" contained offensive "police" message; episode contained scatalogical references. Not upheld (good taste and decency, law and order, discrimination and denigration).