The Authority has today released a decision considering a scene on the 7pm broadcast of Shortland Street, where the word ‘f***ing’ was allegedly used. The broadcaster maintained the character said ‘freaking’. In circumstances where it was uncertain what was actually said, the Authority did not uphold the complaint under the good taste and decency standard. However, the Authority urged broadcasters to take care in future to make it clear when a sanitised version of an unacceptable word is being used, that it is distinctly aurally different, in order to maintain standards.
You can read the full decision here.