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The BSA has released decisions on eight complaints today, with two complaints upheld. One of the upheld decisions concerned news items broadcast on RNZ National about issues impacting on the education sector, with the Ministry of Education complaining that these items were unbalanced and unfair, and it should have been given an opportunity to provide comments in response. The BSA found that the broadcaster fell short of its obligation to present significant points of view in the news items and to provide the Ministry with a fair and reasonable opportunity to comment. No order was made.

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The BSA has released its decision on the first two episodes of British dating show Naked Attraction, finding the episodes were acceptable for broadcast but a stronger content warning for audiences was needed. The BSA received complaints from 13 complainants that the episodes should not have been allowed to air due to the high level of nudity and sexual discussion. One aspect of the complaints was upheld under the good taste and decency standard, due to the inadequate warning. The decision highlights the importance of broadcasters using the suite of tools available, such as audience warnings, to assist audiences to make informed choices about what they watch.

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The BSA released decisions on two complaints today, both regarding allegedly offensive language in radio broadcasts. In both decisions, the Authority took into account relevant contextual factors and found that the use of the terms complained about did not threaten current community norms of good taste and decency. Neither complaint was upheld under the good taste and decency standard. 

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The BSA has today released decisions on seven complaints, none of which were upheld. Five of the complaints concerned balance or accuracy issues in broadcast interviews, with one complaint raising the fairness standard. The fairness decision considers the important role that broadcasters have to play in keeping the public informed and holding government bodies to account through scrutiny of their actions.

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The BSA released decisions on six complaints today, which were not upheld. Two of the complaints were about allegedly offensive language in television and radio broadcasts. The first complaint concerned language used during the crime thriller series, Paula, and the second complaint was about the broadcast of an edited version of The Bloodhound Gang’s song, ‘Fire Water Burn’. The Authority did not uphold either of these complaints, finding that the broadcasts did not breach the good taste and decency standard and would not have gone beyond audience expectations in the context of the broadcast.  

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