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The BSA today released decisions on four complaints, three relating to television broadcasts and one relating to radio, none of which were upheld. One complaint related to comments made during a radio talkback segment on Sportstalk, when host Mark Watson criticised the British and Irish Lions rugby team and said he hoped they would ‘get smashed’. The Authority did not uphold a complaint that these comments were highly offensive, noting that these comments would not have been outside audience expectations of a sports talkback programme, and the free and frank expression of opinions is an important aspect of the right to freedom of expression.

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The BSA has released a further decision on an election programme complaint about the Nation Party’s updated ‘Let’s Tax This’ advertisement. The complaint was not upheld.

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The BSA today released decisions on three election programme complaints, none of which were upheld.

All three complaints were made under the Election Programmes Code and two of these complaints were also made under the Free-to-Air Television Code. The complaints related to election campaign advertisements for the National Party and the Ban 1080 Party. The decisions dealt with whether statements made during the advertisements were analysis, comment or opinion made for the purposes of political advocacy, or assertions of fact.

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The BSA today released decisions on eight complaints, none of which were upheld.

Five of the complaints were made under the Free-to-Air Television Code and three complaints were made under the Radio Code. These complaints dealt with a range of diverse issues, such as whether an item on Sunday about dairy farming was accurate and balanced, whether the broadcast of a foreign language film containing sexual content was in breach of the good taste and decency standard, and whether it was appropriate for a radio play about a forest fire to be broadcast around the time of the Christchurch Port Hills fires.

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The BSA has released its first decision on an election programme aired during the 2017 election period (23 August to midnight on 22 September 2017). The Authority did not uphold a complaint that a National Party campaign advertisement was misleading. The Authority found that the election programme did not breach Standard E4 of the Election Programmes Code as it was clearly a political party advertisement advocating for the National Party and would not have misled viewers.

The Authority also did not agree that the television advertisement implied that the National Party was only a single party in Government, as alleged by the complainant.  It considered that it would be clear to viewers that political parties would seek to promote their own parties, and to earn viewers’ party vote, in any campaign material.

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